UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday admonished Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for advocating extra-judicial killings as the mayor’s main platform of government.
Binay, a human rights lawyer during martial law, expressed concern that children were among the victims of extra-judicial killings in Davao City.
“[I am a lawyer]. I am a human rights lawyer. Extra-judicial killing, mali iyon [it’s wrong],” the Vice President said in a radio interview.
Binay pointed out that summary killings have no place in a country governed by laws.
“Extra-judicial killing, [it’s just based on suspicion]. [If you’re talked about, people in the government who believed the gossip would just kill you. That’s wrong. If that’s the case, we don’t have the rule of law anymore],” he said.
“If you can only see a picture of the 14-year-old boy who was repeatedly stabbed dead,” the Vice President added.
Binay was referring to siblings Richard Alia (18 years old), Christopher Alia (17) and Bobby Alia (14), who were reportedly executed by the Davao Death Squad (DDS) in 2001 and 2002, respectively.
All three were knifed dead.
Binay also took a swipe at Duterte’s promise to solve heinous crimes and illegal drugs within six months, saying extra-judicial killings will not resolve criminality.
The Vice President had said that together with effective law enforcement and reforms in the law enforcement agencies and the judiciary, eradicating poverty is the best solution to criminality.
Duterte earlier admitted to killing some 1,700 people, after Amnesty International Philippines expressed alarm over his human rights record.
He confirmed his ties with the DDS, a vigilante group that carried out summary executions in Davao City.