Category Archives: davao death squad

The Mayor as President (3): Duterte: “we were able to improve law and order in this country”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) — Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte cite so many accomplishments in his first 18 months in office, particularly for the marginalized sector, such as free medicines, free college tuition, free irrigation, a raise in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and social security pension, higher pay for soldiers and […]

Lascañas leaves PH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 April) —  Retired police officer Arturo Lascañas, a self-confessed leader of the Davao Death Squad (DDS), is now out of the country. Lascañas left Saturday night for Singapore, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported Sunday. ABS-CBN News on Sunday quoted Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Tonette Mangrobang as saying Lascañas left on […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Philippine Councilors’ League. 08 March 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE PHILIPPINE COUNCILORS LEAGUE 10th NATIONAL CONGRESS [Delivered at World Trade Center, Pasay City | 08 March 2017] Secretary Ismael […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS. Media Interview. Malacanan. 07 March 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk MEDIA INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE [Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace | 7 March 2017] Q: Mayor, mag-a-appoint ka ba ng bagong NFA? Kasi medyo hindi […]

Lascañas pens tell-all journal: Duterte rule ‘a Divine Trap’

HE HAD repeatedly denied the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad or DDS at a Senate hearing just four months ago. Yet last week, retired Senior Police Officer 3 Arturo Bariquit Lascañas suddenly made a turnaround, saying not only that he had been one of the “pasimuno” or major players in the DDS, but […]

TURNING POINT: The Scent of Downfall

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/24 February) — It is now evident the Duterte Davao model in fighting criminality, the drug menace and corruption could not work when applied at national scale. Why? In Davao, Duterte was able to cow his constituents to submission with his strongman tactics using the police and other armed allies. Oppositions and […]

Lascañas on Davao Death Squad: “media hype” in October; real in February

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Feb) — At the Senate Committee hearing on extrajudicial killings on October 3 last year,  SPO3 Arthur Lascañas in his testimony under oath, vehemently denied the existence of the Davao Death Squad (DDS), dismissing it as merely a “media hype.” Four months and 17 days later, Lascañas, identified by self-confessed […]

Dabawenyos say drugs still the “greatest threat to peace and order;” Davao Death Squad is “OK”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 October) — For a city whose fight against illegal drugs in the last two decades has been bloody and involved summary executions by what has been generally referred to as the Davao Death Squad (DDS), Dabawenyos still consider illegal drugs as the “greatest threat to peace and order” and DDS is “ok” […]

16 cops deny existence of Davao Death Squad; only one denies knowing Matobato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 October) – Sixteen of the policemen who testified before the Senate Committee hearing on extrajudicial killings Monday denied the existence of a Davao Death Squad (DDS) but only one denied knowing Edgar Matobato, who alleged on September 15 and 22 that former Davao City mayor, now President Rodrigto Duterte, founded the DDS […]

Senate Committee probe on EJKs suspended until further notice

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 October) – The Senate Committee hearing on extrajudicial killings ended its 11 hour and 20 minute session Monday with heated exchanges among senators, a walkout, calls to terminate the probe and finally at 10:52 p.m., a ruling by Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, […]

SC rules on DDS case: PNP can search quarry for bodies

By Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism TWO YEARS AGO, the existence of the “Davao Death Squad” or DDS was enrolled and confirmed in the dockets of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. In a decision issued on Nov. 9, 2014, the Supreme Court’s First Division upheld the grant of a search warrant to […]

Pagdaro sa Kalinaw: The Dark Knight Rises – Batman Duterte and Robin “Bato” Probinsyano Save The Day (A reflection on the 2016 SONA)

[A previous version of this article first appeared as “Bayanihan Justice (Part 2): Bangon! Killing kids (and adults) in Davao didn’t stop crime” in Jeremy Simons Pagdaro sa Kalinaw blog at https://plowingpeacesowingjustice.blogspot.com] In president Duterte’s state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday, he painted a picture of the resilient Filipino, facing the darkness of […]