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The Truth behind Davao Death Squad involving Duterte


MANILA - The Senate opened Monday its investigation into the allegations of retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas, who accused President Duterte of ordering and paying for clandestine killings during his 2-decade rule as Davao City mayor.
Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes said Lascañas is poised to reveal more about the alleged Davao Death Squad ran by Duterte, which were not covered by his earlier press conference and affidavit.
"Babanggitin niya po lahat by name iyung ibang mga operation, sinong mga nag-utos, sinong nag-execute, sinong nagplano," Trillanes told radio DZMM before the 10 a.m. inquiry led by the Senate public order committee.
"Dito ngayon mamumulat ang mata ng mga kababayan natin na mamamatay-tao ang Presidente natin at hindi ito ang mga kriminal na sinasabi niya kundi mga ordinaryong tao, mga inosente -- may bata, may buntis na babae, may broadcaster sa radyo na kalaban niya sa pulitika. Dito nating makikita ang katotohanan sa kanyang pagkatao," he added.
Lascañas first caught the public eye in an October Senate probe where he refuted the claim of self-tagged DDS hitman Edgar Matobato, who testified that he personally witnessed Duterte giving assassination orders.
The retired policeman surfaced again in a press conference last Feb. 20, recanting his denial of DDS' existence and confessing to crimes that he allegedly committed out of "blind loyalty and obedience" to Duterte
Duterte, for his part, has repeatedly denied alleged ties to vigilantism, either as mayor or president. His spokesperson, Ernesto Abella also swatted aside the Lascañas' accusations as "fabricated and unacceptable."
Human rights groups have estimated that there were over 1,400 suspicious killings in Davao City when Duterte was still mayor. Most of those murdered were petty crime suspects, drug users and street dwellers.
In a 2009 report, Human Rights Watch identified a consistent failure by police to seriously investigate targeted killings. It said acting and retired police officers worked as handlers for death squad gunmen, giving them names and photos -- an allegation denied by the Davao police.
The HRW report prompted a 4-year probe by the National Bureau of Investigation that did not lead to even a single prosecution.
A separate investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman also failed to connect Duterte to DDS, charging instead 21 policemen with neglect of duty and fining them a month's worth of salary.
Critics have said DDS killings bear similar hallmarks to that of Duterte's war on drugs, which has seen over 7,000 people killed since June, about 2,500 in what police say were shootouts during sting operations. -- With Reuters
Source: ABS-CBN News
The Truth behind Davao Death Squad involving Duterte Reviewed by Unknown on March 05, 2017 Rating: 5 MANILA - The Senate opened Monday its investigation into the allegations of retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas, who accused President Duterte...

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