Taking the cudgels for their mauled colleague, the Sheriff’s Confederation of the Philippines Inc. (Scophil) on Monday hit back at Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, slapping her with a direct assault and grave misconduct complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman.
In a statement, Scophil said they chose to file the complaint because all of the sheriffs in the country’s courts and quasi-judicial agencies and tribunals are the injured parties in the attack against Sheriff Abe Andres.
“That attack—done while Abe was performing his official duties—impinges upon our very essence as agents of the law tasked to enforce lawful writs and processes without fear or favor—our ‘soul’ as sheriffs, so to speak. We cannot let it pass,” it said.
Duterte punched Andres when the latter tried to enforce a court order to demolish houses in a contested property in Davao City despite her request for a two-hour delay.
Andres himself has chosen not to file a complaint against Duterte. Scophil said it respects his decision, but it cannot take the incident sitting down.
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