December 11, 2015 2:59 PM
MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s unabashed touting of extrajudicial killings as a cure for crime and corruption will only serve to worsen, not stamp out, lawlessness and the impunity with which human rights violations are committed by the state, Karapatan said Friday.
But the group went beyond condemning the presidential contender, challenging Duterte and “all the candidates now running for national office, to state loud and clear their stand as to the unabated, grievous human rights violations being inflicted on our people in the name of counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism.”
In May 2014, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) published an article entitled, ““One Shot to the Head” – Death Squad Killings in Tagum City, Philippines” accusing the former Mayor of Tagum, Rey “Chiong” Uy of establishing the “Tagum Death Squad (TDS)” which is suspected of killing around 300 people from 1998 to 2013.
Uy is a CLOSE ALLY of former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, and has come out to openly to support Duterte’s Presidential bid. Unfortunately for the TDS, not only were they accused of killing suspected Criminals, they also killed at least two children who were only nine and twelve years old. Below is an excerpt from HRW’s report.
Macky Lumangtad, 12, Killed on April 12, 2011
DAVAO SUMMARY KILLINGS ALARM RIGHTS GROUP
By: DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:59 PM December 7th, 2015
AMNESTY International on Monday raised red flags about the human rights record of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and expressed alarm at the public’s fascination with his notoriety for using trigger-happy solutions to crime.
By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated November 29, 2015 – 2:55pm
MANILA, Philippines — An international human rights group said a stalwart of the ruling Liberal Party who recently pronounced support for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte is linked to a death squad.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) revived its report on the Tagum Death squad killings following reports that former Tagum City Mayor Rey “Chiong” Uy swung from supporting LP to backing the presidential bid of Duterte.
(philstar.com) | Updated November 27, 2015 – 6:22pm
MANILA, Philippines — Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Rep. Leni Robredo on Friday said Naga City was able to achieve the same level of development as Davao City without the strongman leadership of an official like Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
“We achieved the same results in Naga… ‘yung peace and order, ‘yung discipline among the people… we achieved the same things without that kind of attitude,” Robredo said in an interview with The Philippine STAR.
By: Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com
June 2, 2015 6:20 PM
MANILA – A former death squad member who is now a government witness has linked Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to the Davao Death Squad (DDS), blamed for the summary execution of suspected criminals in the city.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima revealed this to reporters a day after vowing to proceed with the investigation of the alleged ties of the controversial mayor to the DDS.
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.