Davao City Mayor Sebastian "Baste" Duterte now says he is "genuinely sorry" for calling a netizen "bulok (stupid)" for complaining about the city’s water problem.
Speaking in Cebuano over the Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) on Friday (September 30), the youngest son of former President Rodrigo Duterte and younger brother of Vice President Sara Duterte said, "I will take all the blame, and between you and me, Ms. Tiara, I am profoundly sorry if I caused you any form of harm."
The mayor also admitted that some netizens had complained about his use of foul language.
Duterte's apology alluded to Tiara Riamboanga, who on September 18 called his attention on Facebook to the lack of water in her subdivision after the Davao City Water District (DCWD) announced a service interruption.
"Is this still a livable city, mayor? When we have to check into hotels [to take] a bath, it’s good if you will reimburse our expenses… [S]till [there’s] no water in our street in our subdivision. What are your plans?" she wrote.
This drew a fiery response from Duterte, who replied, "Is that how stupid you are, you think that you’re having a water problem only because I assumed the mayor’s post in the last two months? Is that how stupid you are that you think I did not ask the DCWD….?"
Some netizens chimed in and asked Duterte to hold his tongue.
Others compared him to his father, known for swearing at his opponents, as well as his sister, who once punched a court sheriff over a demolition issue.