4 drunk US troops mauled for bullying-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
FOUR American soldiers on R&R (rest and recreation) in Davao City were allegedly mauled by about 20 Dabawenyos after midnight on Sunday inside a bar on Palma Gil St. in Barrio Obrero.
The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. while the US soldiers, who appeared to be drunk, were bullying the people inside the bar.
A Dabawenya was also allegedly harassed by the American soldiers with one of the foreigners poking a dirty finger at the male companion of the Dabawenya who happened to be her boyfriend.
The Dabawenyo boyfriend then punched the face of the drunk soldier while other bystanders joined the melee. The other three US soldiers reportedly ran away leaving one of their companions mobbed by the crowd.
In a check with the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), the incident was surprisingly not blottered. DCPO director Ronald dela Rosa also denied any knowledge on the incident.
Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte however confirmed the incident, saying he was informed by a colleague who happened to witness the whole incident.
But Duterte refused to divulge further details of the incident, saying that he was not there when it happened.
The vice mayor, however, appealed to all foreign visitors in Davao City not to act as if they are "God's gift to Dabawenyos."
He said Dabawenyos also know how to defend themselves especially from bullies.
"Ako lang pud hangyo sa ilaha na they should respect Dabawenyos. Dili nila bully-bullyhon because they are white. Ani ra ni atong color pero kabalo pud ta manumbag. Dili lang man sila ang hawod ning kalibutana (I appeal to foreigners to respect people of Davao. They just could not bully us around. Even if this our color, we know how to punch. They're not the only ones who are good at it)," Duterte said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 02, 2013.