MALACAÑANG has thrown its support behind a move of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier admitted that he had killed several criminals in the past.
In an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the “rule of law must prevail” and that no one is above the law.
“Bilang isang demokratikong bansa, tayo ay tumatalima sa prinsipyo ng rule of law. Kinikilala natin na ang bawat mamamayan ay may karapatan na binibigyang proteksyon ng ating Saligang Batas at iba pang mga batas, kabilang na ang karapatang mabuhay at karapatang mabigyan ng due process sa alinmang aksyong ligal [As a democratic nation, we observe the rule of law. The Constitution upholds and protects the people’s rights, including the right to live and to due process],” he added.
Coloma said the CHR is mandated to look into alleged human rights violations, without regard to whoever is involved.
“Isinasagawa ng CHR ang tungkulin nito na alamin kung may katotohanan ang mga umano’y paglabag sa karapatang pantao. Kahit sino pa man ang tinutukoy, kailangang patas ang pagpapatupad ng batas [The CHR is just fulfilling its task to find out if human rights had been violated. No matter who is involved, the application of the law should be equal],” he pointed out.
In a recent interview, Duterte, a frontrunner in the presidential elections, admitted that he killed three rape and kidnap suspects in 1988.
He narrated that he emptied his gun’s magazines on the suspects who showed up after collecting the ransom payment.
Earlier, Duterte sarcastically claimed to have killed 1,700 criminals when he was asked about the 700 summary killings by the Davao Death Squad in Davao.
Meanwhile, Coloma said the full might of the military and police will be enforced to ensure the safe and peaceful conduct of the May 2016 elections and even prior to it.
The Palace official added that the Commission on Elections will mobilize the Armed Forces as its deputy to prevent the outbreak of political violence.