A local tourist who apparently asserted his right to smoke inside a Davao City restaurant despite a prevailing local ordinance against such act got a taste of how the law is implemented there.
In a Facebook post by former North Cotabato governor Manny Piñol, the tourist has “insisted on smoking” inside a restaurant in the midst of the city’s Kadayawan Festival celebration.
“Told by the restaurant owner that smoking inside public places is prohibited in Davao City, the smoker defiantly asked: ‘On whose orders? Bakit, pera ba ni Duterte ang binibili ko ng sigarilyo?,’ the smoker reportedly told the restaurant owner when informed that Mayor Duterte is very strict in implementing the Anti-Smoking Ordinance in the city,” Piñol wrote.
The arrogant behavior prompted the restaurant owner, who was reportedly Duterte’s friend, to call on police authorities and asked them to inform the mayor about the incident.
“When Duterte walked into the restaurant a few minutes later, the arrogant smoker turned ashen-faced and immediately dropped his cigarette and stepped on it,” Piñol said.
“Witnesses said Duterte calmly sat beside the smoker, pulled out a snub-nosed .38 revolver and poked it at the man’s crotch. ‘Papiliin kita: barilin ko ang bayag mo, i-preso kita o kainin mo ang upos ng sigarilyo mo,’ Duterte reportedly told the smoker,” he added.
According to Piñol’s Facebook post, the smoker picked up his cigarette butt and swallowed it after apologizing to Duterte.
It added that Duterte told the tourist to “never ever challenge the law” before leaving the restaurant.
Davao City’s Ordinance No. 0367-12, Series of 2012, known as The New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance was passed by the City Council and prohibits smoking of tobacco products including e-cigarettes, shishas and the like at all accommodation and entertainment establishments, workplaces, enclosed public places, partially enclosed public places, public buildings, public outdoor spaces and all public conveyances, government-owned vehicles and other means of public transport within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.