Datu ar­rives at SP ses­sion atop a horse

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DAVAO CITY (PNA) – Ki­da­pawan City Indige­nous Peo­ples Manda­tory Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (IPMR) Datu Radin Ig­was at­tended Thurs­day’s ses­sion of the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod, some 6.4 km. away from his home in Barangay Perez -- on horse­back.

Ig­was said on Satur­day that he was not try­ing to make a state­ment for be­ing an IP leader nor was it an an­tic. He said he was forced to take the horse be­cause two weeks ago, Mayor Joseph Evan­ge­lista is­sued a me­moran­dum strip­ping him of his ser­vice ve­hi­cle.

Upon re­ceiv­ing the memo, Ig­was said he was not se­ri­ously trou­bled be­cause “I can still at­tend the ses­sion by other means.”

“We da­tus are used to us­ing horses to move around,” he said.

But when the sec­ond memo came, also on Oct. 28, he started to worry. The sec­ond memo says he was also be­ing stripped of his of­fice.

Ig­was said Evan­ge­lista rea­soned out in the sec­ond memo that his of­fice would be ren­o­vated for the use of the deputy mayor for the IP.

In a state­ment, Ig­was said he heard he was be­ing stripped of his ser­vice ve­hi­cle and his of­fice be­cause he was sup­pos­edly sup­port­ing Evan­ge­lista's ri­val in the May elec­tions. Evan­ge­lista is run­ning for an­other term and was be­ing chal­lenged by Vice Mayor Bernardo Piñol Jr.

Ig­was de­nied he was play­ing pol­i­tics though.

“I can­not sup­port any can­di­date be­cause that is not al­lowed un­der the law. I am the IPMR and I am sup­posed to be apo­lit­i­cal,” he added.

Ig­was fur­ther said that some Manobo tribal lead­ers had sought Piñol's help on his be­half and the vice mayor agreed to stay the ex­e­cu­tion of Evan­ge­lista's or­der on the re­call of his of­fice while preparations are be­ing done for a new space he can oc­cupy.

Evan­ge­lista, on Satur­day, also ad­mit­ted that he had in­deed re­called the ser­vice ve­hi­cle is­sued to Ig­was and asked him to va­cate the of­fice he was oc­cu­py­ing.

But Evan­gelita said there was no pol­i­tics be­hind his two mem­o­ran­dums to Ig­was.

He said in Fe­bru­ary, Ig­was wrote him a let­ter, ask­ing him to fund the ren­o­va­tion of his of­fice.

“He was the one who asked for it,” Evan­ge­lista said by phone.

He said Ig­was' of­fice would be turned into a train­ing cen­ter for women IPs and that sewing ma­chines would be put up there.

DATU Radin Ig­was

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