THESE DAYS, as the political climate is getting hot, I read a lot of posts from people who think they have all the answers to the point of being derisive and even abusive towards those who do not agree with them.
I consider these people to be intellectual bigots, which is another name for blowhards, who should be reminded that no one has a monopoly of knowledge nor of wisdom.
I get peeved, in particular, with posts that look down on the people of Davao City and the way we do things. Some have called us Duterte fanatics and, what was that term Mr. Celdran used? Dutertards? (Note: The term Dutertard was first used by Mr. Carlos Conde of the Human Rights Watch)
We are certainly not fanatics nor are we saying that we live in a Utopian Shangrila.
We are simply proud of what Davao City has become from the Nicaragdao of only a few decades ago and no one can deny that we have come far indeed.
Some would portray us as idiots who follow Mayor Duterte out of fear. I hope that we would have been given more credit than that.
We are not of the lumpenproletariat, acting only upon base interests without a collective consciousness. On the contrary, Davaoeños are very much aware of our unique identity as such and we are damn proud of it.
We do not fear Mayor Rody Duterte, we respect him because whatever you may say about the man, he is certainly sincere in his desire to uplift the condition of the people and he has undoubtedly displayed an ability to achieve it.
He has an iron fist, yet he has a soft heart, particularly for those who have the least in society.
He is not a dictator nor one used to a “one man rule”.
Democracy is strong and vibrant in Davao City. I do not remember any instance when progressive groups were denied a permit to have a rally in our city. We even have a Freedom Park, where you can protest whatever you maybe want to protest to your heart’s content.
Summary killings? I am a lawyer and I will never condone extrajudicial killings and it may be important to assert that neither do the greater majority of people in Davao City. Our local IBP Chapter has a history of protesting against summary executions. In fact, due to the vigilance of our chapter in protesting “unsolved crimes” in the past, high ranking police officers have been severely penalized.
We will, on the other hand, give our full support to our good policemen who, in the performance of their duties, are sometimes called upon to respond with deadly force to protect innocent civilians or defend themselves.
There is no “martial law” in Davao City. In fact, we enjoy more freedom than most because we feel safe in our city.
I am a smoker, but the smoking ban doesn’t affect me much because even before it was in place, Good Manners and Right Conduct already made me refrain from smoking in public places or wherever it would bother others.
I used to drink regularly, but it is undeniable that the ban on alcohol consumption after 1 am has lowered liquor related vehicular mishaps and violence so I’m all for it. Why argue with that?
There is a curfew for unaccompanied minors, yes. What is wrong with that? Would you like your children gallivanting late at night and into the wee hours in the morning?
In ending, to those who think so little of the people of Davao City please think again.
Do not mistake pride for fanaticism, discipline for cowed obedience, nor respect for fear.
Please, before you insult or deride us, listen to what we have to say about our city for when it comes to our city and our mayor, we know of what we speak.
LISTEN, and, you never know, you might even learn something from us, Dutertards?.