Duterte returns to work after 5-day leave

Posted at 07/12/2011 5:49 PM | Updated as of 07/12/2011 9:31 PM

DAVAO, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte returned to office on Tuesday, after taking a 5-day leave of absence since July 4.

Duterte said she is ready to face whatever recommendation Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo gives to President Benigno Aquino III involving her punching of court sheriff Abe Andres last July 1.

Robredo said the investigation of the fact-finding team from the Department of Interior and Local Government was concluded on Tuesday as well.

Duterte may also be facing disbarment after sources said lawyer Fernando Perito, a crusader for lawyers’ ethics, filed a petition with the Supreme Court.

Andres, meanwhile, earlier said he does not have any plans of filing a case against the mayor. However, this does not preclude others from filing cases against Duterte.

Duterte supporters held a solidarity rally last Friday to show their support for the mayor.

Duterte expressed her gratitude to her supporters who attended the rally. -- Report from Francis Magbanua ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao