Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was warmly welcomed by Antiquenos during his visit to the province of Antique on Monday, May 25.
Among those who welcomed Duterte are Gov. Exequiel Javier, Congressman Paolo Javier of the Lone District of Antique, and Simbalon Mayor Joel Occeña. Antique is in Panay Island in Western Visayas and home to three other provinces: Iloilo, Capiz and Aklan.
BRIEFER: Antique is considered as the cradle of Philippine Civilization as the Story of Maragtas in Philippine History. From what I’ve read, the 10 Malay datu from Borneo settled into the Philippine islands.
According to the Maragtas, at around 1250 A.D., 10 Bornean datu and their families left their kingdom in search of new homes across the sea to escape the merciless rule of Sultan Makatunaw. Led by Datu Puti, the Borneans landed in the island of Panay and bought the lowlands from the Ati king named Marikudo in exchange for one gold saduk (native hat) and a long gold necklace for Queen Maningwantiwan.
After the land sale and pact of friendship, the Atis went to the hills. The Malay datus settled in the lowlands.
Datu Puti, Balensusa, and Dumangsil sailed northward to Luzon and landed in the region around Lake Bonbon (Taal). There they built their settlements. Dumangsil and Balensusa’s families occupied other neighboring regions now known as Laguna and the Bicol Peninsula. Datu Puti left for Borneo after he knew that his men were leading peaceful lives.
The other seven datu stayed in Panay. They divided the island into three districts. Hantik (now Antique) was under Datu Sumakwel. Datu Paiburong ruled Irong-Irong (now lloilo). Datu Bangkaya governed Aklan (now Aklan and Capiz).
Led by Datu Sumakwel, a political confederation of barangays (Madya- as) was formed for purposes of protection and close family relations. The story as told by Father Santaren, further described the expansion of the Malay settlers to other parts of the archipelago.
The legal code written by Datu Sumakwel also known as the Maragtas Code was previously known as the “oldest known written body of laws” in the Philippines.
Reluctant presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has not yet seen signs that the Almighty wants him to be President in 2016.
Duterte, who has barged into the top three in surveys for presidential preference, earlier said he was waiting for the “sign from God” before making an announcement whether to run or not.
The sign could come in his dreams but it was not God that has been visiting him, he said in the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN on Sunday, May 24.
His dreams were not political, without God and were nocturnal visions of romance.
It’s girls. Full of them. Mga babaye, joked Duterte, 70, who is separated from wife, Elizabeth, and known to have a colorful love life. Even you is in my dreams, he told the giggling married lawyer-journalist Geraldine Tiu, his co-anchor in the program.
The program veered into Godly dreams as Tiu noted reports that Pastor Apollo Quiboloy talked in Hong Kong about his dream ten years ago where he had visions of Duterte in Malacanang as the sitting President. Quiboloy is vocal about his support for a Duterte presidency.
Duterte and Quiboloy were in Hong Kong over the week-end as the special guest in a religious gathering of the Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name, the congregation of the Davao City-based international televangelist Quiboloy, who is a close friend and spiritual adviser of Duterte.
The gathering was attended by more than 5,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
In the ABS/CBN program, Duterte said that he would rather that he himself should dream of God pushing him to the presidency.
Nevertheless, for the nth time, Duterte—citing his age and funding woes and that he would get nothing beneficial from the top Malacanang post — said he was not running for president, not even if there is reincarnation. Reincarnation is a Hindu belief that after death the human soul returns to earth to take a new life form.
Asked by Tiu what he would like to be when he is reincarnated, Duterte said he would like to be a horse or a fish in the Pacific Ocean.
In the latter, Duterte could be meeting victims of his anti-crime campaign while on earth as mayor of Davao City.
Earlier asked what happened to criminals who were arrested by police and then went missing, Duterte responded in a mysterious, morbid tone: Fishes in the Pacific Ocean are happier and fatter because they have more to eat.
Expressing deep hurt, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he will shoot in front of City Hall members of a human rights group who slapped him with accusation he was behind the extrajudicial execution of hundreds of criminals including drug dealers in his city.
“Come to Davao City, do drugs and I will shoot you in front of City Hall,” said Duterte in his Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN-Davao on Sunday, May 24.
If you want to get a taste of the Davao Death Squad, Duterte adds.
If they come to town, Duterte said he would run after the human rightists in drugs “up to the mouth of hell.”
Last week, HRW urged the Philippine government to conduct a new probe on summary executions in Davao City by the DDS that it claimed was backed by Duterte.
HRW, in a statement, said it was urging for a new probe as Duterte, of late, has been going around the country to promote extrajudicial killing as a cure to rampant criminality in the country.
In 2009, the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR) investigated Duterte over the same accusation. At about the same time as the fact-finding probe, the HRW released its own report, “ You could die anytime,” on the Davao City killings and Duterte’s alleged link to the DDS.
The CHR investigation has not pinned down Duterte.
While it spared Duterte, the Ombudsman, based on recommendation of the CHR, meted administrative sanctions on more than a dozen officers of the Davao City Police Office for failing to stop extrajudicial killings in their jurisdiction.
The CHR said then that the DDS is backed by the local government and police and unleashed on criminal suspects as part of Duterte’s anti-crime campaign.
But Duterte has repeatedly denied his link to the death squad.
Appearing in the probe held in Davao City led by then CHR chairman, now Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, uterte said his public warning of executions of criminals could not legally tie him down to the killings. In s recent statement, Duterte said his secret to peace is to “kill all criminals.”
In the Sunday program, Duterte, who is known for his iron-fist policy against criminality, admitted giving monetary reward to police.
But he said, the reward was not for the executions but for drug raps filed in the courts by police against arrested drug pushers.
There is no law against giving incentives to police for a job well done, he said.
Duterte said the rewards to police are public knowledge and given out witnessed even by the media.
Duterte is looming as a presidential candidate after placing in the top three of surveys for presidential preference.
The HRW said about 1,000 people perished under Duterte’s anti-crime campaign.
If I am the President, the killing of criminals could go “as high as 50,000 to 100,000.”
The fishes in the oceans will get fatter, he said.
The HRW call on the government to investigate Duterte over the killings had gained wide local and international media coverage.
Duterte, a lawyer, said that his accusers should instead file the charges in court where he would face them them to defend himself against the accusations.
INTERIOR SEC. MAR ROXAS,center, ANOINTED BY PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO AS LIBERAL PARTY STANDARD BEARER and DAVAO CITY MAYOR RODRIGO DUTERTE, left, ANOINTED BY PASTOR APOLLO QUIBOLOY, right, AS THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES, at the Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name hangar in Buhangin, Davao City. PHOTONEWS BY RICHARD REYES