Son reminds Duterte of persona non grata resolution

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


VICE Mayor Paolo Duterte said he respected the personal opinion of his father, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, in telling comedian Ramon Bautista that he is still very much welcome in Davao City.

But the younger Duterte also reminded the mayor to also respect the City Council resolution declaring Bautista a persona non grata over his "hipon" remark during one of the events of the Kadayawan Festival two weeks ago.

In a statement Wednesday evening, Mayor Duterte said, “When a man humbles himself and apologizes for uttering a slur, that itself erases the wrong. To nurture residual hate against the guy is a human frailty.”

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A day earlier, Mayor Duterte had a phone conversation with Bautista, with the mayor assuring the comedian that everything is water under the bridge now.

The mayor advised Bautista not to mind the persona non grata resolution of the City Council against him and all he has to say when he comes back to Davao is that he has the approval of the mayor.

The mayor told Bautista that the comedian's public apology is enough and that he knows how difficult it is to apologize.

But in a released statement Thursday morning, Vice Mayor Duterte reminded his father to respect the decision of the City Council because the body represents the people of Davao City who voted for him for decades.

"The mayor of Davao City can always welcome anybody he wants on a personal level. But as long as Davao City is concerned, Ramon Bautista is unwelcome here in our city because of the persona non grata resolution," the vice mayor said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 29, 2014.

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