Saturday, July 2, 2011

Female mayor punches sheriff in the face

A Philippine mayor repeatedly punched a court officer in the face on Friday after he refused to delay the demolition of homes in her jurisdiction.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte grew angry when the sheriff, Abe Andres, told her he was proceeding with an order to destroy 500 shanty dwellings that were erected in the wake of flash flooding.

Duterte asked Andres to delay the demolition for two hours to allow her to travel from the courthouse to the shanty town and mediate tensions between squatters and police, but the sheriff refused.

Footage broadcast by Filipino TV shows Duterte gesturing to Andres to come closer before punching him repeatedly in the face. The officer was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. When asked if she was sorry for attacking Andres, the mayor said, "I was the one who sent him to the hospital. I think that's sorry enough."

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