Duterte raring to lecture Catamco in Congress over botched lumad ‘rescue’
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has expressed willingness to fly to the House of Representatives in Metro Manila so he can shed light on his alleged involvement in the botched “rescue attempt” of 700 lumads who have been staying inside the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran House.
North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco, chair of the House Committee on Indigenous Peoples (IPs), earlier accused Duterte of ordering the supposed rescue of the lumads, who came from Davao del Norte and Bukidnon. The mayor, however, denied this.
The confrontation last July between the lumads and Catamco’s group, which included members of the military and paramilitary groups, left at least 10 IPs wounded.
Pressed for comment on Catamco’s accusation, Duterte, a lawyer, told Sunstar: “Sabi ko nga: Good, and that is the time I would lecture the congress the finer points of law. I would be happy to do so since I’ve been a member of Congress and I know what I should be doing there.”
He also addressed a message to Catamco: “Educate yourself first before opening your mouth.”
Leaders of the lumads said they left their ancestral communities because of the alleged abuses that have ben committed against them by the military in the area.
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