Dubious “Safest City” Claim by Duterte and His Supporters
Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters always point out how Davao being named as “One of the Safest Cities in the World” as one of the former Mayor’s best accomplishments ever. However, one Facebook user named “Sean de Dios” pointed out that such a distinction actually didn’t come from a major news organization, or any other major international body, but from just an ORDINARY WEBSITE.
What’s more, Sean pointed out that NO major international body had gone on and recognized Davao as really a “safe” city. Below in its entirety is his post:
Duterte and everyone else throws around “Davao, Nth safest city in the world” a lot. So while I was waiting for the traffic to die down on this 13th month payday Friday, I decided to conduct a 15 minute research.
Lets find out who declared Davao City as the 6th (or 9th, or 4th??) safest city IN THE WORLD (Jeremy Clarkson voice)!
I figured that Philippine based publications would be biased, #pinoypride and all, so I chose to avoid those. Instead, I looked at the following sites:
You know which website mentioned Davao? None. Not even in Top 50 lists.
This made me look into the Inquirer article, checking their sources. The ranking of Davao city comes from Numbeo.com which is a user-contributed survey site. USER-CONTRIBUTED. And I checked it– a whopping 452 contributors! To add to that, what country is the Social Media capital of the world? Us, of course! (https://vulcanpost.com/1…/research-philippines-social-media/)
Now before you get your panties in a bunch, I’m not saying that Davao city isn’t as safe as it claims to be. I’m just saying that if you’re going to claim something as big as NTH IN THE WORLD, you better have the proper sources to back you up.
You connect the dots. And, if anyone has better sources regarding the prestigious title, please let me know because I’d rather hope that it is in fact, well-earned.
I’m not discrediting Duterte nor am I discrediting the testimonials from the populace of Davao. Lets just remember that not everything you see on the internet should be taken at face-value. Lets read, dig deep, and vote wisely! #PHVote