CHR probing Duterte’s kill claims

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has started looking into the alleged involvement of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in extra-judicial killings after he publicly admitted that he had a hand in the killing of at least three kidnap-for-ransom suspects.

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“We are now looking into the cases, specially the ones that he had admitted in public like the killing of criminals,” CHR Chairman Jose Luis Gascon told The Manila Times at the sidelines of a forum at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City on Friday.

The 70-year-old tough-talking mayor has filed a certificiate of candidacy (COC) for President as a substitute candidate of PDP-Laban.

His COC is under question and pending before the Commission on Elections.

Duterte, who is known for his hard stance on criminality, was recently interviewed by a radio station in Manila where he made the revelation.

He also uttered similar statements–threatening to personally execute suspected felons—in past speeches.

Duterte vowed to rule with an iron-fist if he wins the presidency and replicate nationwide the “crime-free” atmosphere in Davao City where he served as mayor, vice mayor and congressman in the last 30 years.

This, however, did not sit well with human-rights advocates.

“Of course, we want to stop this impunity in killings and other crimes. But the process must be within the bounds of the law,” said Gascon, a lawyer and a political strategist of the Liberal Party before his appointment to the CHR.

He, however, clarified that the CHR is not just zeroing in on Duterte.

Gascon said, “We are looking into the human rights records of all candidates.”
“You know, the CHR has offices in the regions. We are now collecting these records,” he added.

‘Davao not crime-free’
Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd also on Friday labeled as “myth” Duterte’s claim that Davao City is one of the safest places in the country.
The former Interior secretary, in a statement, cited statistics from the Philippine National Police that said about 18,000 crime incidents were recorded in Davao City in 2014.

“Myth, kathang isip lang ‘yung payapa ang Davao City [claims that Davao City is peaceful is just a figment of one’s imagination],” he said in a forum at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

“Like all things in life, there is no magic wand, eveything that is worth something important to us, kailangang pagtrabahuhan, pagsakripisyuhan, tutukan natin [we need to work on it, sacrifice for it and stay focused],” Roxas added.

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8 Comments

  1. Chairman Jose Luis Gascon,Why just now?…why politicize your agency sir..delicadeza kahit konti lang..what happened to the other crimes that your agency should have investigated

  2. Hanggang kelan ninyo poprotektahan ang mga kriminal. Ikukulong at mag bubuhay hari sa loob ng Bilibid Hotel. Hindi ninyo pinahahalagahan ang karapatan ng mga biktima. Kunsintidor ang tawag sa inyo CHR. Bakit takot kau sa death penalty. Madali lang naman diba? Wag gumawa ng krimen. Para wala mamatay.pero kung ginawa parin. Sila na ang dala sa sarili nila sa hukay. Turuan ng takot ang kriminal. Dahil masyado na humahaba ang kanilang sungay. Kayo mga ipokritong CHR ayusin ninyo ang inyong prayoridad..ang biktima na humihingi ng katarungan o ang kriminal na salot ng lipunan.

  3. MAR is really desperate to gain the vote of the electorate. He was really wrong to say that Davao City tagged as one of the safest place is MYTH. He should visit Austria, Sweden and Abu Dhabi, to collaborate his opinion. Davao City is at par with these cities or better. I lived in Cotabato before residing abroad. But I never heard CHR that they commissioned investigations regarding killings there, why?. I salute the leadership of Davao City. Yes, let them investigate. It was done before but nothing happens because they were only motivated by the politicians but not the mandate of their office. They were inutile. Time to change.

    • laguatanlawzen.com on

      Itong si Gascon cLaro na LP attack dog ito. Itong mga taga CHR, magaling lang ito mag ingay. Ano ang ginaswa ninyo sa SAF 44 massacre sa Mamasapano,? masaker ng mga magsasaka sa Hacienda Luisita owned by Aquinos at Cojuangcos? masaker ng mga demonstrating farmers sa Mendiola nong Presidente si Cory at ibang atrocities na hindi lumabas sa diaryo? The CHR is nothing but a noisy cymbal. mahilig mag grandstanding at magyabang sa presscon. Mga inutil.

  4. Dr. Jose Oclarit on

    I experienced the 911 in davao when i got sick in the hotel. I was then alone with very high fever… i thought of dialing 911…and within 10 min. The ambulance arrived and i was given dextrose and medication…

  5. Kaya ang bansa ay hindi umuunlad, gawa iyan nang impaktong CHR na iyan. (That is why the country doesn’t want to move forward. It is because because of that CHR devil . Who ever made that a govt office is really full of sh&&. President Duterte, please get rid of that Office when you assumed the Office of the President.