July 1, 2011. A demolition in Davao City days after a flashflood turned into a “derby” between the city mayor and a court sheriff, with the former dishing out all the punches.
Mayor Sara Duterte arrived at a squatter’s area in Davao City, and saw the chaos ensuing between the informal settlers and the demolition team. Duterte earlier pleaded to Sheriff Abe Andres to delay the demolition by two hours, or at least wait for her, to ensure a peaceful demotion. But Sheriff Andres refused, claiming that he was just following court orders. Upset and enraged, Duterte called for Andres and unleashed at least three punches to the sheriff’s face.
Also on the Covers:
- Inquirer dubbed the seven Catholic bishops and priests who received SUVs from then-Pres. Gloria Arroyo the ‘Pajero 7’, despite the fact that no Pajeros were given; CBCP vowed to investigate on the matter; meanwhile, Star reports that the PCSO had uncovered checks which were directly issued to the bishops
- Bulletin, in its headline, touts that the number of hungry Filipino families went down to three million, the lowest in four years
Front Pages 2011 is Pinoy Index’s way of looking back at notable events of 2011, as presented on the front page of the three leading broadsheet newspapers in the country: the Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Philippine Star.