Davao City is really dead serious when it comes to implementing its no-smoking ordinance. One Filipino tourist learned that the hard way after City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte himself paid him a visit to teach him an unforgettable lesson.
The incident happened at a local restaurant when the said tourist arrogantly refused to put off his cigarette after being requested by the restaurant owner. The tourist insisted that he shouldn’t throw his cigarette because he used his own money to buy it – not Duterte’s.
Unfortunately for him, the owner was a friend of Duterte and so a phone call has immediately been made.
According to writer Manny Piñol, Duterte dropped by the restaurant, sat calmly beside the tourist and then “pulled out a snub-nosed .38 revolver and poked it at the man’s crotch,” giving him three choices. First, Duterte will shoot him in his private part, second, he’ll get imprisoned or third, he’ll have to eat his cigarette butt.
The smoker chose the last option and sheepishly uttered “Sorry, Mayor.” Duterte left the restaurant and told the tourist to “Never ever challenge the law.”
Piñol’s Facebook post has since went viral gaining over 10,000 likes and 5,000 shares.
About Mayor Rodrigo Duterte
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has earned quite a reputation for his hands-on, no-nonsense style of law implementation. He has often been dubbed as “The Punisher,” a nickname inspired by a Marvel Comics character who takes the law in his own hands.
Under his leadership, crime rate in Davao has drastically reduced as he took a strong stance against criminals. In 2009, the tough-talking mayor has been quoted saying, “If you are doing an illegal activity in my city, if you are a criminal or part of a syndicate that preys on the innocent people of the city, for as long as I am the mayor, you are a legitimate target of assassination.”
Although he has yet to declare his candidacy for higher office, many citizens from Davao and various parts of the Philippines are urging him to run as President of the country come the 2016 presidential election.