By Genalyn Kabiling
He may be tough to drug offenders, corrupt official and rights critics but President Duterte readily yields to his feisty daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.
The President has learned not to pick a fight with his “maldita” daughter, saying he would never win any argument with her anyway.
“Mga taga-Davao reklamo kang Inday. Si Inday, di man pud nako ma — maldita man gud. Mutubag unya mag-away na hinuon. Kahibaw kitang mga amahan, di man gyud ta makig-away og anak na babae. Hindi tayo manalo (Davaoeños complained about Inday. But I myself can’t –Inday is very naughty. She answers back and that starts a fight. We fathers can’t fight with our daughters because we will never win),” Duterte said during his visit to Zamboanga Sibugay Thursday.
“You cannot win an argument especially with a daughter because yawyawan ka pa (she’ll keep nagging you) and you cannot answer back because (she’s your) daughter,” he said.
Duterte noted that Sara’s tough demeanor has been on full display as local chief executive of their hometown Davao City. He said Sara was so strict she has imposed a midnight curfew and banned smoking in the city, making Davao feel like a solemn Good Friday every day.
“Usahay nasobrahan pud nuon ni Inday. Oo. Kuan man ang mga tao, luya (Sometimes Inday is too strict. The people there are not very festive),” he said.
“Kay si Inday pagka alas dose, wa na’y magsuroy sa dalan. Di gani ka kasuroy manigarilyo. Dakop tanan. So naa ang tanan sa sulod sa balay. Pirting mingawa ang Davao. Kada adlaw Biyernes Santo (Because Inday imposed a rule that nobody is allowed to be out and about on the streets by 12 midnight. You can’t even go out just to smoke a cigarette. Everyone will be arrested. So everybody stays at home. Davao is so quiet. Every day feels like Good Friday),” he said.
The President previously spoke admiration for his daughter’s fighting spirit, recalling how she once punched a sheriff who wanted to demolish houses in Davao City.
Recently, Mayor Duterte has been reportedly tagged by some lawmakers as the force behind the ouster of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and installation of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as new leader of the House of Representatives.
The sudden leadership change was reportedly driven by Mayor Duterte’s bitter feud with Alvarez. She earlier slammed the Davao lawmaker for arguing that her regional party was part of the opposition and that he could initiate impeachment of her father. Alvarez has denied such charges.
Mayor Duterte has defended her father on some issues but also has been critical in other aspects. Recently, she wanted to join the President’s foreign trips to prevent him from kissing another woman. Duterte earlier drew flak for kissing a Filipina worker on the lips during his visit to South Korea last month.