Category Archives: dds

Duterte on ICC’s preliminary examination: “What is extrajudicial killing?”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 February) — President Rodrigo Duterte wants to know what crime he is being accused of before the International Criminal Court (ICC) because “extrajudicial killing,” he said, is not found in the penal code of the country and the world. “What is extrajudicial killing? If you accuse me of what is […]

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 […]

The Mayor as President (2): Waking up Sunday to Duterte’s list, read while the nation was fast asleep

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 January ) — While the nation was fast asleep at 1 a.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2016, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the nocturnal President of the Republic of the Philippines, read from a supposed “validated” list, 163 names of  persons allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade, giving them all 24 […]

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 […]

De Lima’s failure, Aguirre’s conflict: Fits, starts, new hope for DDS probe?

By Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism SWORN STATEMENTS of key informants, the transcripts of stenographic notes, and official records and documents from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), as well as reports of other state bodies and rights groups into the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) over the last eight years should have […]

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 […]

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Soul Searching and Peaceweaving in the (r)age of Duterte (Part 1)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 October) — The following is an expanded version of my presentation to the Mindanao Peaceweavers network meeting last October 15, 2016. We are currently living in a state of fear, when it comes to discussing issues of human rights, peace, and the war on drugs. Why do I say this? Because whenever […]

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, […]

Matobato charged with frustrated murder for 2014 ambush while supposedly under WPP

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 September) – The alleged hitman of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) who testified before a joint Senate Committee hearing on September 22 and 25 that then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, now President of the Philippines, organized the DDS and ordered the killings is facing charges of frustrated murder before the Digos City prosecutor’s […]

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 […]