Posted at 05/25/15 10:02 AM
DAVAO, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has admitted his links to the Davao Death Squad, which is allegedly responsible for summary executions of criminals in the city. He also warned he will kill up to 100,000 criminals if he is elected president.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch has called for an investigation into the Davao Death Squad killings and urged the Philippine government not to tolerate a public official who endorses extrajudicial killings.
11:37 AM May 19th, 2015
DAVAO CITY — The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the government to investigate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s possible role in the summary executions that took place here since he became chief executive – almost continuously – since 1988.
HRW said that during Duterte’s terms as chief executive, over 1,000 suspected law offenders – many of them involved in the illegal drug trade – had been killed and the mayor “continued to espouse the killing of criminal suspects to combat crime.”