The Davao Killings

The Davao Killings

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Capalla: summary killings are no answer to poverty and crime; look at goodness instead

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) –  Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla has reiterated that summary killings are no answer to “poverty and crime” and instead urged parishioners to “look at goodness because that is where hope comes from.”

De Lima: CHR will prove there is a Davao Death Squad

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 April) – The Commission on Human Rights has taken up Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge to prove there is a Davao Death Squad (DDS).

“We have been challenged by the mayor and we are taking the challenge. We will prove that there is DDS,” CHR chair Leila de Lima said during a break in Friday afternoon’s public inquiry on extralegal killings at the Waterfront Insular Hotel here.

Davao City police chief asks HRW to name cop-handlers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 April) – The city police chief here says he has yet to read the 103-page report of the Human Rights Watch on the alleged “complicity and at times direct involvement” of government officials and the police in the death squad killings.

Duterte on HRW report: "amusing"

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/07 April) –  Last week, “amazing” was all that Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Leila de Lima could say to end her 43-minute interrogation of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte  on the alleged summary killings in the city.

Today,  it is the mayor’s turn to say “amusing.”

Human Rights Watch says Davao killings tolerated, supported by local authorities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – An independent international human rights monitor launched at 10 a.m. in Quezon City, its 103-page report on the death squad killings in Davao City and neighboring areas which found "evidence of complicity and at times direct involvement of government officials and members of the police in killings by the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS).”

"You can die anytime" report on death squad killings launched Tuesday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – “You Can Die Anytime,” the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on “Death Squad Killings in Mindanao,” will be launched in a press conference tomorrow (Tuesday, April 7),  at 10 a.m. in Quezon City.

The launch comes a full week after HRW-Deputy Asia director Elaine Pearson, gave the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) public inquiry on extralegal killings here, a preview of  the report that states, among others, that the killings may be “state-sanctioned.”

Wife of soldier implicated in Rebelyn slay files petition for writ of amparo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 April) –  Crying harassment and fear for her family’s life, the wife of one of 13 alleged military intelligence operatives accused by a New People’s Army commander of having abducted and killed his 20-year old daughter has filed a petition for writ of  amparo and has sought a temporary protective order from the court.

9 soldiers quizzed on Rebelyn Pitao killing deny allegations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 April) –  Nine of the 13 soldiers named by a New Peoples Army (NPA) commander to be behind the March 4 “abduction, torture, rape and killing” of his 20-year old daughter, Rebelyn,  denied the allegations at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) public inquiry late Wednesday afternoon.

SIDEBAR: The soldiers’ accounts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 April) –  Cpl. Henry Bitang, the first to testify, was ordered by CHR chair Leila De Lima to remove his sunglasses and cap.

9 soldiers quizzed on Rebelyn Pitao killing deny allegations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 April) –  Nine of the 13 soldiers named by a New Peoples Army (NPA) commander to be behind the March 4 “abduction, torture, rape and killing” of his 20-year old daughter, Rebelyn,  denied the allegations at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) public inquiry late Wednesday afternoon.


CHR denies anew military’s request for closed door session

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 April) –  Having found “no new grounds” to change its earlier decision, the Commission on Human Rights denied this afternoon the Army’s motion for reconsideration and ordered the 10th Infantry Division chief to produce the soldiers named by the father of  Rebelyn Pitao to be behind her abduction-slay, at the CHR’s public inquiry on the “abduction, torture, rape and killing” of the 20-year old daughter of a New People’s Army commander.

CHR denies Army request for closed-door session

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 April) – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) this morning denied the request of the chief of the 10th Infantry Division to present the 13 soldiers alleged to be behind the March 4 “abduction, torture, rape and killing” of  the 20-year old daughter of a New People’s Army commander, in a closed-door or executive session.

The Commission en banc ruled on the March 29 letter of Maj. Gen. Rey Mapagu, chief of the 10th Infantry Division, and found the reasons cited as “insufficient.”

Human Rights Watch says killings may be "state-sanctioned"

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) -- Human Rights Watch will release on April 7 an extensive report that the pattern of death squad killings in the city and police officials’ seeming lack of interest in investigating the cases suggest a “state-sanctioned nature of death squad operations” here, Elaine Pearson, deputy director of the Asia Division of  the Human Rights Watch, told the Commission on Human Rights public inquiry here.

Duterte resigns as deputized Napolcom rep

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) – Mayor Rodrigo  is relinquishing control and supervision of  the police to  the city’s police chief to give the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) a “free and unhampered conduct” of its investigation into the unresolved killings in the city, “devoid of any possible pressure and/or influence whatsoever.”

Mother narrates to CHR how she lost four sons to summary killings

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/31 March) -- The audience, mostly from government, fell into a hush as Clarita Alia, a mother who lost four sons to summary execution, was called by Commission on Human Rights chair (CHR) Leila de Lima at 2:49 p.m. to deliver her statement at the public inquiry on extralegal killings last Monday.

"What peace? What order" de Lima asks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 March)  -- “Amazing,” was all that Commission on Human Rights chair Leila de Lima, could say to end  her 43-minute interrogation of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who, as expected, repeated previous pronouncements but this time under oath, that there are no state-sponsored killings in the city, and that he would resign the mayoralty “if there is an iota of evidence” that  he, the military or police, are behind these killings.

De Lima’s “amazing” remark capped a nearly hour-long questioning, some of which she began or ended with a sigh of exasperation.

CHR inquiry begins; majority of participants from government

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 March) –  The message on the tarpaulin onstage, although not clear from afar, states “Promote the right to life. Uphold the rule of law. Condemn extralegal killings.” The seats, at nine per table, were for 324 participants and the “consultation/public inquiry”  on the extrajudicial or summary killings was supposed to start at 8:30 a.m. but an hour later., the emcee had to request those seated at the back to “occupy the vacant seats” in front as less than half of the seats had been taken.


UN official in Davao Sunday for summary killing probe

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 February) -- The United Nations' rapporteur for Human Rights, Philip Alston is arriving here Sunday to investigate the spate of killings of members of militant organizations and journalists, the military said.

Suspected gangsters kill 2 in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 Jan) – Suspected members of a gang killed a jeepney driver and his passenger in an extortion attempt along Quirino Ave. early Tuesday morning, the police reported.

New Davao police chief vows renewed firght vs summary killings on

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 Jan) -- The newly-installed police director here has assured of a renewed effort to stop summary killings amid the growing number of unabated and unresolved cases recently.

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