Sara Duterte urges Bayan Muna solon to resign: She’s a big empty space
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has demanded the resignation of neophyte Bayan Muna Cong. Eufemia Cullamat for allegedly spreading false allegations against the administration of her father President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The government pays for her office. The same government that has helped hundreds if not thousands of IP (indigenous people) students compared to the NPA (New People’s Army) school they call Salugpungan,” Mayor Duterte said in a statement.
Cullamat, in a press release, chided the President’s daughter for allegedly misinforming the public about the “Lumad” or Salugpungan school established by various organizations to address discrimination, poverty and militarization of indigenous communities in Southern Mindanao, particularly in Davao region.
Cullamat accused Mayor Duterte of destroying the credibility of the institution instead of supporting moves to educate Lumad youth.
“Ang anak na ito ng Pangulo ay hindi na nahiya sa pinagsasasabi niyang kasinungalingan, at pinaggagagawa niyang pagpapatuta sa mga militar,” said Cullamat.
In response, the Davao City mayor accused Cullamat of being a defender of the communist insurgents.
“Apart from being a mouthpiece and defender of the CPP-NPA-NDFP, she is a big empty space. And for the record the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) works for me, they only do as much as I allow them because civilian authority is supreme over the military,” said Mayor Duterte.
The military has long suspected some schools established and supported by left-leaning organizations as institutions used by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) to indoctrinate young Lumads.
Mayor Duterte earlier revealed that Davao City Council had passed a resolution urging the Department of Education to terminate and cancel the permit to operate issued to 11 Salugpungan schools in Davao City.
“The decision was based on facts, not on a whim or rumors as critics and anti-government forces want the public to believe,” said the President’s daughter.