Open letter of son of Davao to Duterte critics: “If you think Dabawenyos are idolizing him, you’re wrong. We’re like a family here.”

A Facebook netizen who called himself son of Davao has taken to socmed to dispel the myth that Dabawenyos idolized Duterte. Rather, they are more like family there.

In a Facebook post, Chito Samontina also appealed to critics to stop trash talking President Duterte because it hurts his feelings.

According to him, he has friends in real life who are Dilawan but it did not come to the point that he unfollowed them because he respects their views. “I still have friends who are self-proclaimed dilawans. By friends, I meant in real life. I never unfollowed them because I respect their views.”

Chito Samontina from Davao City remarked that “criticizing is fine. Totally fine. It’s our right. We all have the right to demand good governance.”

“However, if you trash talk the man I always look up to, it hurts,” Samontina wrote.

Samontina said what hurts more is knowing critics are waiting for President Duterte’s speeches to make fun of the President.

“It hurts knowing that most of you would wait for his speeches only to make fun of him.”

You may read the full FB post below.

It hurts because the man you make fun of is the man I grew up to as a father figure. You will never understand that. Waking up every Sunday with his typical disciplinarian way of talking — you will never understand that.

“You will never feel how I felt when I finally faced the man and stared at me and said, “unsa manang naa sa imong dalunggan” (what’s with your ears), pertaining to my ear tunnels. The same reaction when my biological father saw my tattoo. You will never understand that.”

Do not call it idolatry.

Because you will never understand how that man changed our lives in Davao City.

If you think Dabawenyos are idolizing him, you’re wrong. We’re like a family here. It is love that he’d shown that made us love him back. It is also called respect. Big respect.

So please, when you call us dutertards by respecting that man, do not mistake it as idolatry.

Furthermore, be respectful by criticizing. Because it is painful when I see your posts degrading the man I respect. It hurts and that’s why most of us fight back. I’m sorry if we do.

But I hope this time you understand.

You never heard from me personally trash talking your yellow leaders.

I hope you could do the same.

You see a clown, we see a hard-working erpat.

Big love,

A son of Davao City

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