When politics is at play, nobody is spared, not even self-proclaimed apolitical persons, like indigenous people (IP) representative Datu Radin Igwas, can avoid the backlash from a local official he happened to provoke.
Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista reportedly believes that Igwas is rooting for the former’s rival in the midterm elections next year. Vice Mayor Bernardo Piñol Jr. is challenging the reelectionist mayor.
Evangelista first issued a memo recalling the service vehicle of Igwas. But the IP rep simply shook off the inconvenience caused by the memo. To reach the capitol and attend the Provincial Council sessions from his home in Barangay Perez some 6.4 kilometers away, he rode a horse.
“We datus are used to using horses to move around,” PNA quoted the Lumad leader as saying on Saturday.
But the mayor issued another memo on 28 October stripping Igwas of his office.
Evangelista on Saturday admitted asking Igwas to vacate the office he was occupying because the IP rep allegedly asked him in February to fund the renovation of the place and turn it into a training center for women IP.