Mayor Duterte? by Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Mayor Duterte? by Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Archbishop Socrates Villegas (CBCPNews)


What the world desperately needs now is leadership by example. We have so many leaders in office and many more aspiring to sit in office but are they examples of good citizenship? If the leaders we choose are to be leaders for national progress they must be visionaries AND exemplary.

Corruption is indeed a great scourge of Philippine politics.

The usual face of corruption that we recognize easily is stealing from public funds. Corruption, like a monster, is a devil with many faces. Killing people is corruption. Killing is a crime and a sin whether it is done by criminals or public officials no matter what the intention. Adultery is corruption. It makes married love cheap and uses people for pleasure.  Adultery corrupts the family; it destroys children and victimizes the weak.  Vulgarity is corruption. When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people. When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laugh, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame. My countrymen has gone to the dregs.

Is this the leadership by example that Mayor Duterte excites in us? Is this the leadership by example that makes a public official deserving of the title “Honorable”?

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
CBCP President

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Rodrigo Duterte: The Rise of Philippines’ Death Squad Mayor

The following opinion piece was written by Phelim Kine, Asia Division Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch .

For Rodrigo Duterte, the brutal death squads that have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of Davao City in the Philippines’ main southern island of Mindanao are not a problem. They’re a political platform.

Duterte publicly admitted his direct links to the Davao death squad during a May 24 live broadcast of his weekly television talk show. “Am I the death squad? True. That is true,” Duterte said on-air while discussing his accomplishments as Davao’s chief executive. He then pledged that if he became president of the Philippines he would execute 100,000 more criminals and dump their bodies in Manila Bay.

Duterte’s comments echoed those he made on May 15, which asserted the summary killing of suspected criminals as a key plank to his approach to public security: “We’re the ninth safest city. How do you think I did it? How did I reach that title among the world’s safest cities? Kill them all [criminals].”

 Duterte’s claim of responsibility for the extrajudicial killings of hundreds of people has drawn deafening silence from President Benigno Aquino III. And aside from an expression of outrage from Philippines Secretary of Justice Leila De Lima, Duterte’s comments have drawn scant public criticism.

 Instead, observers describe Duterte’s public admission of complicity with the Davao death squad as an act of shrewd political branding in the lead-up to presidential elections in May 2016. Those political ambitions are not misplaced. Recent public opinion polls place Duterte as the public’s third most popular potential candidate out of a field of known presidential hopefuls. On May 22, Vice President Jejomar Binay told reporters that he wasconsidering Duterte as his running mate in his presidential bid next year.

 The apparent public and political support for that initiative betrays a willful ignorance of the sinister reality of Duterte’s approach to public order. The operation of “death squads” in Davao while Duterte has been the city’s mayor has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of street children, petty criminals, and petty drug dealers since 1998.

Duterte himself took to the airwaves in 2001–2002 to issue threats against what he considered undesirable elements in Davao. Some of the criminals whose names he announced were later found dead, apparent victims of the death squad.

Philippine authorities have yet to successfully prosecute anyone for any of these murders. In the meantime, the killings continue and copycat death squad operations have emerged in other cities.

 There is a shameful history of political tolerance for Duterte’s tactics that reaches the highest levels of the Philippine government. Duterte boasted at a public hearing of the Philippine Senate in February 2014 that he would “gladly kill” a suspected smuggler if he came to Davao. Rather than condemn Duterte’s appalling threat, lawmakers expressed sympathy with his views. Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, which held the hearing, responded to Duterte’s threat by saying, “In Mindanao, you have to be tough because if not, there will be several abuses.” Senator Grace Poe, a putative 2016 presidential election candidate, likewise failed to challenge Duterte’s affront to the rule of law and instead clucked about how children might misconstrue Duterte’s death threat.

This tolerance from lawmakers for Duterte speaks volumes about the failure of successive Philippine governments to address the country’s problem of extrajudicial killings.Extrajudicial executions, including politically motivated killings, by state security forces have been a longstanding problem in the Philippines. Although the number of killings has decreased dramatically in recent years compared to a decade ago, they continue largely with impunity.

Exhibit A of the government’s failure to prosecute the perpetrators of extrajudicial killings is the official response to the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre in which a “private army” financed by the powerful Ampatuan family killed 58 people including more than 30 media workers. Almost six years later, the case is in effective judicial limbo, with no successful prosecutions and a total of 87 suspects still at large.

A much-vaunted initiative by the administration to address impunity – the creation in 2012 of a so-called superbody to expedite the investigation and prosecution of cases of extrajudicial killings – has remained largely inactive even as Philippine human rights groups report new cases. With the notable exception of the government’s move in March 2015 to prosecute the masterminds behind the Tagum Death Squad, after a detailed Human Rights Watch report, the perpetrators of these crimes remain at large.

Duterte’s boastful brand of violent impunity should be a path to prosecution, not a platform for political office. Until the government adopts a zero tolerance attitude toward public officials who publicly endorse extrajudicial killings as an acceptable approach to governance, Duterte and others like him will pose a grave danger to the safety of the citizens they are elected to protect.

BIO: Phelim Kine is the deputy director of the Asia Division at Human Rights Watch. His Twitter handle is @PhelimKine

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The Victims of the Davao Death Squad: Consolidated Report 1998-2015

By Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR, April 19,2016

I recently received a consolidated report of the killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad (DDS) since 1998 up to the end of 2015.  The source will not be mentioned for obvious reasons. Suffice it to say that since the killings started, they have been monitoring these cases. I know them very well and I have been collaborating with them as we denounced these killings and worked with the Commission of Human Rights and the Human Rights Watch. They are hesitant to make the report public out of apprehension that it will be used for political purposes. I believe that to hide this would be a disservice to the nation since I believe that the body count could multiply many times over throughout the whole country in the next six years. The original report that I have is in Excel format, and very detailed (year by year, according to age, sex, areas, weapons used, etc). What I present is a summary and my own analysis. I know that when I do this, I am risking my life. But the truth must come out before it is too late.

The total number of persons killed by the DDS from 1998-2015 is 1,424. Let me repeat in words – ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR victims. This can be considered as MASS MURDER perpetrated by the same group, inspired and supported by the same persons. The data does not include those killed in other cities where the DDS have expanded franchise-style.

Out of 1,424, there were 1,367 male and 57 female. This means that those murdered by the DDS were not only men, there were also fifty-seven women.

Looking at this according to age there were 132 children killed (17 and below) — 126 boys and 6 girls. The youngest was a 12 years boy and a 15 year girl. There was a 9 year old boy who was killed by a stray bullet – he was not an intended target.

There was a total of 476 young adults (18-25) murdered – 466 male, 19 female. The number of older adults (26 years and above) killed were 612 (466 male, 28 female).  There were victims whose age were not given – 201 (191 male, 10 female).

Thus, almost 50 percent of the victims were young people (children and young adults). Most the victims were killed in urban poor areas (e.g. Buhangin, Agdao, Bangkerohan, Boulevard, Matina, Toril). Most of those killed were involved in illegal drugs – as users and pushers. There were also those involved in petty crimes – theft, cell-phone snatching, gang members. There were 14 cases of mistaken identity – they were not the intended targets but the DDS hit men mistakenly hit the wrong target.  There were some who had gone away after being warned that they were on the hit list and after some years, after reforming their lives, came back thinking that they were safe. Their names were still on the list so they were still killed.

Thus, one can say that majority of the victims of the DDS were young and poor – juvenile delinquents considered as the weeds of society. There were no reports of drug lords or big time criminals among those killed by the DDS. There were two journalists who were believed to have been murdered by the DDS – Jun Pala and Ferdie “Batman” Limtungan. Jun Pala was a radio commentator who constantly spoke out against the DDS and Mayor Duterte. There were two previous attempts on his life and he accused Duterte of being behind these attacks. He was finally killed by motorcycle riding men on the third try. Ferdie “Batman” Lintuan also spoke out against the DDS and also the alleged anomalies in the construction of the People’s Park which he linked with Mayor Duterte. He was also killed by motorcycle riding men.

The victims of the DDS were unarmed. They did not fight back. Many were just sitting down on street-corners  outside sari-sari stores, talking with friends and then suddenly shot in cold blood. There were some who were just released from prison and while waiting for public transportation on the side of the road were suddenly shot by motorcycling men. How the DDS knew the exact time and place they were to be released is amazing. Another victim was killed inside his home in front of his mother and three children who were begging the DDS not to kill him. One of the most well-known case is Clarita Alia – a vegetable vendor in Bangkerohan – whose teen-age sons (who were below 17 years old) were murdered by the DDS. I was asked by Clarita to bless the  body of her boy, Fernando before he was buried.

I have personally witnessed the aftermath of two DDS killings. The first was in our parish church in Bajada. While officiating a Wedding Mass I heard shots outside in the carpark. I immediately rushed outside after the Mass to find out what happened. I saw the body of a teen-age boy lying in our church ground surrounded by people. He had just been shot by DDS hit-men while sitting in the car park with his friends. The killers escaped on a motor-cycle. There was a police car nearby but the police just fired warning shots into the air and did not go after the killers. The boy who was killed lived in a nearby slums area. He had been suspected as one of those who broke the window of a car  park in our church and stole some items two weeks earlier.

The second time I witnessed the aftermath of a DDS killing was while mountain-biking in Lomondao, a distant barangay in Davao. As I neared the place I met three motorcycle riding men speeding back to the city. When I arrived in the place I saw people who gathered around the body of a young boy. When I asked what happened, someone told me it was the DDS. The boy was cell-phone snatcher and drug user. He added, the boy deserved to die.

The killings have not stopped. The DDS continue their murderous spree even to this day.  For the last five years (2011-2015), there were 385 victims of extrajudicial killings in Davao – 39 of them below seventeen years old and 118 young adults (18-25). In 2011 there 111 reported DDS killings, in 2012 there were 61, in 2013 there were 101, in 2014 there were 52 and there were 60 in 2015. The DDS usually take a break during the campaign period. They will continue their operations after the elections.

So far, no one has been held accountable for these killings. There has been no official investigation by the police or the city government. The police do not acknowledge the existence of the DDS. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) came to Davao for a public hearing and also met secretly with witnesses – family of the victims and former members of DDS. Although the CHR recommended prosecution, this could not prosper because nobody was willing to testify in court out of fear. The DDS are still around and anybody who testifies will surely be targeted for assassination. I have met some of these witnesses and understand their fear. They claimed that some of those listed as victims were their former companions who knew too much and were suspected of betraying the DDS. So while former DDS members talked about how they were recruited, trained and how they operate, and who their handlers were and their link with some police and local government officials, all these information could not stand in court because they were not willing to testify in spite of the sworn statements made before the CHR. Much of the information can also be found in the report of the Human Rights Watch in 2009 You Can Die Anytime: Death Squad Killings in Mindanao.One of the findings of the Human Rights Watch report reveals the link between the DDS and the police:

“According to these “insiders,” most members of the DDS are either former communist New People’s Army insurgents who surrendered to the government or young men who themselves were death squad targets and joined the group to avoid being killed. Most can make far more money with the DDS than in other available occupations. Their handlers, called amo (boss), are usually police officers or ex-police officers. They provide them with training, weapons and ammunition, motorcycles, and information on the targets. Death squad members often use .45-caliber handguns, a weapon commonly used by the police but normally prohibitively expensive for gang members and common criminals.

The insiders told Human Rights Watch that the amo obtain information about targets from police or barangay (village or city district) officials, who compile lists of targets. The amo provides members of a death squad team with as little as the name of the target, and sometimes an address and a photograph. Police stations are then notified to ensure that police officers are slow to respond, enabling the death squad members to escape the crime scene, even when they commit killings near a police station.”

The Human Rights Watch Report also revealed the modus operandi:

“Our research found that the killings follow a pattern. The assailants usually arrive in twos or threes on a motorcycle without a license plate. They wear baseball caps and buttoned shirts or jackets, apparently to conceal their weapons underneath. They shoot or, increasingly, stab their victim without warning, often in broad daylight and in presence of multiple eyewitnesses, for whom they show little regard. And as quickly as they arrive, they ride off—but almost always before the police appear.”
They deserved to die.” This is what Mayor Duterte said while denying involvement in these extrajudicial killings. At one time, he read a list in his TV program.  A few weeks later many of those in the list were killed by the DDS.

They deserve to die.” This is also the attitude of many residents of the city towards the victims of the DDS. This shows who are behind them and why there has been little outcry regarding these mass murders.

It appears that the DDS killings are the center-piece of Mayor  Duterte’s campaign against criminality in Davao City. To fight against criminality, you simply kill the criminals through extra-judicial executions carried out by the DDS. No need to arrest them, put them on trial and imprison them if proven guilty. No need for due process of the law. Criminals do not have rights – that is a western concept. For criminals there can only be one punishment – death. It doesn’t matter if you are a petty criminal – even if you are only a drug addict or pusher or cell-phone snatcher, you deserve to die. The killings are meant to be a deterrent to crime – to instill fear on everyone so that they will stop committing crime. According to Human Rights Watch Report:

“The continued death squad operation reflects an official mindset in which the ends are seen as justifying the means. The motive appears to be simple expedience: courts are viewed as slow or inept. The murder of criminal suspects is seen as easier and faster than proper law enforcement. Official tolerance and support of targeted killing of suspected criminals promotes rather than curbs the culture of violence that has long plagued Davao City and other places where such killings occur.”

It has been very difficult to speak out against these extrajudicial killings because majority of the people in Davao support these.  The archdiocese of Davao under the leadership of Archbishop Fernando Capalla came out with a pastoral letter: “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and held several prayer vigils. We were a minority –  a small voice whose cry in the wilderness was drowned out by the applause of the majority. The blood of 1,424 victims of the DDS was the price that was paid so that there could be peace and order – so that all can walk at night without fear. This was the peace of the cemetery, an order maintained by death squads – by criminals.

And the mass murder continues and there will be more blood spilled – not just in Davao but the entire Philippines. Mayor Duterte promised that if elected “the 1,000 will become 100,000.” He declared that “it will be bloody.” He said there will be” no need for more jails — just funeral parlors.” He promised to “eliminate criminality in the entire country within 3-6 months.” How will he do it? The answer is what happened in Davao – through the DDS under the direction of many police officers who deny their existence, with the financial support coming from businessmen and also drawn from the government coffers.

“I’m willing to go to hell, as long as the people I serve live in paradise.” Is this an admission on the part of Mayor Duterte  that what he has done is a grave sin against God that could someday earn him divine punishment?

Is Davao a paradise after 18 years of DDS extrajudicial killings? Has criminality been eradicated? According to the data from PNP covering 2010-2015, out of 15 chartered cities Davao was fourth in terms of Total Index of Crimes: 37,797 incidents. In terms of murder, Davao was no. 1 (1,032 incidents) and in terms of rape Davao was no. 2 (843 incidents).  This report gives the impression that in Davao you can be murdered and raped any time. Murder is not really that bad if the DDS and the Mayor can do it. Rape is not really that bad if the Mayor can callously joke about it, wishing he was the first in line when he heard that a hostage – an Australian Lay Missionary – was raped.

Meanwhile, the families of victims cry out for justice as the DDS continue their killing spree. The national government has failed to address this mass murder that could soon multiply many times over, God forbid.

If the DDS is not stopped and those behind it is not held accountable, there will be a national bloodbath. Those who support it and allow it to multiply will have blood in their hands – they will be accomplices to mass murder. The one who orders this is a mass murderer – the biggest Criminal of them all.

If it is alright to kill suspected criminals – who can stop any one from taking the law into their own hands? Anyone can become judge and executioner – not only the police and public officials. Anyone can form their own vigilante groups. There won’t be any need for prisons or lawyers or judges. There won’t be any peace, no order as long and human rights and the rule of law are disregarded. Meanwhile, the big criminals, the big thieves and murderers will continue to rule the land. If it is o.k. to kill criminals,  who can prevent anyone from killing the biggest Criminal of them all?  We could be entering another dark period of our history — like the dictatorial period in the past or worst.

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How could a Christian nation even make Duterte the leading presidential contender?

April 24, 2016 10:58 pm

First of Two Parts
Next to belief in God, the most basic tenet of Christianity, and in this century, of civilization itself as we know it, is reverence for human life.

The two beliefs are in fact linked, since human life is a gift of God, and no human, no human institution, can take it away. Pope John Paul II even pointed out that such reverence for life isn’t a metaphysical concept but the basic foundation of modern civilization as we know it: “Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace. (Evangelium vitae, 1995, no. 101).

Catholicism, which purportedly 90 percent of Filipinos embrace, in fact has been the biggest organization to champion, actually in this century, a total reverence for life. It has opposed capital punishment and birth control, arguing that even the State does not have the right to snuff out a convicted criminal’s life, and the Catholic Church even admonishes the State to prevent a woman from ending the natural gestation of a zygote.

So how could Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte – who boasts of killing people where they stand, who makes a sick joke about an Australian lady’s corpse, and advocates killing criminals en masse without due process – be a leading contender in a presidential contest?

Duterte has been the first politician – really, the first Filipino ever – to be given a pulpit to express such reckless disregard for human life. In a recent interview, he claimed he even ordered the bodies of the 16 hostage-takers to be just “put in a big hole” somewhere in the public cemetery. It is certainly not surprising that he is the one and only Filipino politician to have told the Pope, “putangina mo.”

Pause for a while, think about it and you will really be shocked as I have been in the past few months. In any civilized country in the world, a candidate for whatever public position, who professes such beliefs such as his right to kill criminals where they stand, boasts he shoots a suspected criminal in the head after he is asked to kneel down, would be considered a nut case, or be sued for criminal lunacy – even if he claims he has made a ‘Singapore’ out of what used to be a poor city he led as mayor.

Is he even part of our civilization? Duterte, who has boasted he killed criminals himself.

Is he even part of our civilization? Duterte, who has boasted he killed criminals himself.

What happened to this purportedly Christian nation that it would even think of electing as father of our nation somebody who doesn’t share Christianity’s belief and modern civilization’s basic tenet that human life, even that of criminals, must be revered?

Duterte’s I-will-kill-criminals-where-they-stand demagoguery, which appeals to the basest instincts of man, has certainly won him a following among the masses who themselves have been the most victimized by criminality and lack access to a functioning legal system.

They hear only what they want to hear
His elite backers – the most with responsibility to educate the vast masses – utterly block out of their minds Duterte’s unequivocal statements betraying his utter lack of reverence for life, his rejection of due process and the rule of law. What they hear from Duterte they revise according to what they want to hear.

For instance, one of Duterte’s biggest and most articulate supporters is former SEC chairman Perfecto Yasay, Jr. Yasay is not only steeped in the values of Western philosophy, a licensed law practitioner in New York, and therefore, one who really understands the importance of due process and the rule of law. But not only that, Yasay’s father is a pastor, and he himself has been a leader of the Philippines’ branch of the United Church of Christ – a Protestant denomination that has historically demonstrated such respect for life that it has always opposed capital punishment, even before the Catholic Church did.

What is Yasay’s response to my question whether he supports the extrajudicial killings in Davao City? He says, what buy finasteride usa Duterte does “is not different from the killing of (international terrorist) Marwan in Mamasapano.”

That shocked me when I heard it. Marwan has gone through the most rigorous due process in this planet, having been indicted in Philippine, US and Australian courts, with the US FBI putting him in its most wanted list. Marwan had surrounded himself with explosive booby traps (which killed four police commandos) and with three platoons with sniper rifles of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and other armed Moro groups.

Yet, Yasay says the killing of Marwan is of the same kind as Duterte’s and his Davao Death Squad’s murders from 1998 to 2015 of 1,424 suspected criminals, none of them charged in court, according to a research by Fr. Amado Picardal. This included 57 females and 132 young people – 126 boys and six girls – not more than 17 years of age. All were unarmed when they were taken, with some killed by Duterte himself, according to his boasts.

Coming from a family of Protestant missionaries, Yasay would have had many friends who must have gone to remote ministries, like Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill did, though she ended up raped and killed in Davao City in 1989.

What did Yasay say of his friend Duterte’s sick joke, made after seeing her dead body that he felt he should have been first in the queue to have her since he was (he still is) mayor of the city where it happened? “It should be appreciated and understood in its proper context. Indeed, the masses have not taken offense at Duterte’s gutter utterances,” Yasay said on his Facebook post.

Yasay told me: “You are being moralistic for political partisan purposes.” I invoke a basic tenet of Christianity and I am being moralistic?

I have discussed Yasay’s views at length since his case demonstrates, as I will show in the second part of this essay, quite well how shallow really has been the veneer of Christianity, and belief in the rule of law among Filipinos, even among the elite, due to their still basic tribalism.

Yasay’s views are typical of those who refuse to hear that Duterte is espousing vigilante death squads, rather than merely invoking the police’s right to defend themselves with lethal force, as stated in the following rant by one Andoni Valencia, an employee of Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, who seems to have so much to write about Duterte such as in the following press release: “Killing? What’s the problem with that? Duterte made it clear that when apprehending crime, especially drug pushers and drug users, will be bloody because obviously these criminals will fight back.”

‘God ordered killings’
What’s chilling about the views of this presumably Christian young man is his perverted interpretation of the Bible, oblivious that the New Testament is a big leap from the tribal barbarism of the Old Testament: “I am a Bible-believing Christian, and let us not forget that in the Bible, even God ordered men to lead revolutions (bloody ones) to cleanse the nation. He even used an adulterer, murderer, womanizer, etc. to lead nations.”

Another example of hearing not what Duterte says but what they want to hear, or what is acceptable to them is that Philippine Star columnist Carmen Pedrosa.

She has written over two dozen columns praising Duterte, her main message – that Duterte is “destined’ to be President since “millions of Filipinos” are supporting him. I scoured her many columns, which, however shirk from explaining Duterte’s shocking boasts that he has killed criminals themselves, his jokes on molesting his household help (a venial sin only, he said, since he really did nothing but go to the bathroom to masturbate), and his now infamous sick necrophilia joke.

She offers only one weird explanation for Duterte’s utter lack of reverence for life in her thousands of words praising him, as if there was an esoteric secret the killer revealed to her:

“I now understand the reasoning behind the need for punishment (according to Duterte). It comes from Plato’s Laws.

“It is a custom of our justice to punish some as a warning to others. For to punish them for having done wrong would, as Plato says, be stupid. What is done cannot be undone. The intention is to stop them from repeating the same mistake or to make others avoid their error. We do not improve the man we hang: we improve others by him.“

She quotes Duterte as having invoked Plato for his policy of executing criminals without due process? I wonder why no other reporter or columnist has reported Duterte as quoting Plato.

It is really not surprising that Pedrosa’s interpretation of Duterte’s vigilantism is unintelligible, as her columns have been merely wordy versions of Duterte posters, and of her screaming her lungs out as if she were in a Duterte rally, with such titles as “The Duterte crowd is everywhere,” “Duterte kami,” and “We want change, Duterte, Duterte, Duterte.”

One of the shocking statements in her columns was when she wrote that this killer, this necrophilia, is “God’s miracle” to the Philippines. That, of course, jibes with Duterte’s megalomania, that he will save the nation from criminals, in six months

I have discussed Pedrosa’s views, since her case as in Yasay’s situation demonstrates, as I will explain on Wednesday, quite well how shallow really has been the veneer of Christianity and belief in the rule of law among Filipinos.

If Yasay and Pedrosa are right, that Duterte is just saying he has the political will to go after criminals and prosecute them – and not really to kill them where they are found – do they really think that this Davao mayor would get the support of even a fraction of his adoring, angry masses?

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Rosales: Duterte will bring us back to Martial Law days

Former Commission on Human Rights Chair Etta Rosales, who ended her term this May, compared Davao City Mayor Duterte’s link to the Davao Death Squad with the extrajudicial killings during Marcos administration. AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines – Former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Loretta “Etta” Rosales on Wednesday compared Davao City Mayor’s link to the Davao Death Squad (DDS) with extrajudicial killings during the Ferdinand Marcos regime.

Duterte on Monday said he will kill all people who are making the life of the Filipino miserable.

Rosales then reacted in an interview with ANC that Duterte will bring us back to Martial Law days if he believes in what he says such as bringing back extrajudicial killings.

“Mayor Duterte, do you not believe in the EDSA revolution? Do you not believe in democracy and justice? You answer me that, because if you cannot, if you do not believe in it, and you intend to do with extrajudicial killings then I think we should campaign against you,” Rosales said.

Rosales also discussed that Duterte’s linkage with DDS has no difference with the murder of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino under the Marcos jurisdiction, stating the comparison that both Marcos and Duterte has command responsibility.

According to Rosales, even if Marcos was sick and lying in bed, he was blamed for the murder of Aquino because he has a command responsibility.

“Ano ang diperensiya nu’n sa pagkakapatay kay Ninoy dito sa mga pinapatay nila, pinapaslang nila na mga inosente at walang ka-alam-alam? That’s the whole point of criminal justice system,” she said.

During the interview, a viewer responded, arguing that the difference of DDS is that allegedly they only kill criminals while Aquino was deemed innocent, to which Rosales replied that to others, Aquino may be innocent but to Marcos he is subversive and a threat to his reign.

Rosales pointed out that due process is also a difference.

“Until such time that you go through the process of investigation, prosecution, trial and conviction, you are deemed innocent, but what do they do? They just kill them,” Rosales explained.

Rosales also shared that CHR conducted an investigation and came up with a resolution in June 28, 2012, which revealed that there are indeed killings in Davao City which involves children and suspected criminals.

Asked if the resolution states that Duterte is involved in DDS, Rosales did not directly answer but said that he is fully aware of the killings in his jurisdiction and tolerated these acts evidently. She added that that is a crime of omission since he has a command responsibility.

“I’m not going to say that, but this is what I’m going to say, they are law enforcers.  Mayor Duterte is the highest official in Davao City and he knows fully well that there are summary killings, the police know that there are summary killings on-going but they didn’t do anything about that,” Rosales shared.

The former CHR chief, who vehemently opposes the death penalty, alleged that Duterte is mocking the criminal justice system by supporting summary execution of criminals.

“He makes a mockery of the criminal justice system. It’s very cynical and I think he enjoys, he derives a lot of pressure seeing all of us alarmed that a high government official like him, the highest in Davao city can afford to talk this way and get away with murder,” Rosales said.

Rosales said that Duterte will still be accountable with the killings even if he is indirectly involved with DDS due to his command responsibility in Davao City and this can still be brought to court.

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Published on April 17th, 2016 | by The Maharlikan

Duterte on 1989 Australian rape victim: “Napaka ganda, dapat si Mayor ang nauna”

MANILA, Philippines – A video of Davao City Rodrigo Duterte saying he was angry at a group of rapists not just because they committed the crime, but because their victim was so beautiful, “the mayor should have been first,” has earned the ire of netizens who see it as another joke done in poor taste.

YouTube user “Beatboxer Ng Pinas” posted the video, Duterte on Australian Rape Victim: “Napaka Ganda. Dapat Mayor ang Mauna” on Saturday.

Duterte was holding a political rally and in the middle of telling the story of their pursuit of a group of criminals who had raped a number of women. He said he saw one of the victims, an Australian lay minister, whom he described as someone who looked like a beautiful American actress.

Putang ina, sayang (Son of a bitch, it’s too bad),” he remarked, to the audience’s laughter.

Ang napasok sa isip ko, ni-rape nila, pinagpilahan nila lahat do’n (What I thought was, they raped them, they lined up for all of them there),” Duterte continued.

Nagalit ako kasi ni-rape? Oo. Isa rin ‘yun. Pero napakaganda. Dapat, ang mayor muna ang mauna(Was I mad because she was raped? Yes, that’s one of the reasons. But she really was beautiful. The mayor should have been first),” he said, to even louder laughter.

Sayang (Too bad),” he added, before the video cut his speech off.

In the longer video recording, Duterte mentioned a “Pugoy” hostage incident, which seemed to refer to an infamous hostage-taking incident in a Davao prison in 1989.

According to a report by the Union of Catholic Asian News, 17 missionaries had been visiting the jail to hold Sunday service when they were taken hostage by prisoners under the leadership of Felipe Pugoy for almost 48 hours.

Soldiers stormed the compound to free the hostages, but five of them were killed, along with 16 prisoners.

Australian lay missioner Jaqueline Hamill, 36, was among those killed.

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Rodrigo Duterte: Philippines presidential candidate jokes about rape and murder of Australian missionary

Davao mayor and Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has infuriated rivals and women with his rape joke.


Leading Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, whose campaign promises a ruthless war on crime, has been angrily condemned after a video surfaced of him joking about a murdered Australian rape victim.

Mr Duterte, who promises mass killings of suspected criminals if elected next month, appears in a video uploaded on YouTube — since removed — making the joke about the female Australian missionary.

The missionary who was ministering in a prison in Davao in the southern Philippines was taken hostage, raped and killed during a riot by inmates in 1989.

“They raped all of the women … There was this Australian lay minister … when they took them out … I saw her face and I thought, ‘Son of a bitch. What a pity … they raped her, they all lined up. I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first,” Mr Duterte is shown telling a crowd of laughing supporters at a campaign rally.

Reports from the period, backed by Philippines media, name the Australian missionary as 36-year-old Jacqueline Hamill. Four other hostages were killed in the incident.

Mr Duterte was the city mayor at the time, and according to he had previously admitted to ordering the shooting of the hostage-takers on his television show “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa”.

Mr Duterte, who boasts of the extra-judicial killings of suspects by vigilantes during his time in Davao, is the preferred candidate in the run-up to the May 9 election, according to the latest opinion survey.

Comments draw widespread condemnation

His rivals, women’s groups and commentators on social media quickly denounced his remarks.

A fellow missionary in Manila at the time of the incident in 1989, Robin Haines Merrill, took to Facebook to denounce Mr Duterte’s candidacy.

“Jacqueline’s death affected me deeply personally,” she wrote, adding: “Don’t vote for people who speak vile things against women”.

President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma said the comments showed Mr Duterte’s “lack of fitness for the presidency” and his “utter lack of respect for women”.

Mr Aquino, who under the constitution cannot seek a second term, is supporting his former interior secretary Mar Roxas, who trails Mr Duterte in opinion surveys.

Rival presidential candidate, Vice President Jejomar Binay, called Mr Duterte’s remarks “simply revolting”.

“You are a crazy maniac who doesn’t respect women and doesn’t deserve to be president,” Mr Binay told Mr Duterte in a statement.

Another candidate, Senator Grace Poe, who is just behind Mr Duterte in the surveys, called his comment “distasteful and unacceptable, and reflects his disrespect for women”.

One Filipino remarked on Twitter: “I broke down after watching Duterte on Aussie rape. I can’t fathom how his followers can laugh at it”.

Women’s group Gabriela attacked Mr Duterte’s remarks by saying rape or any other form of sexual abuse was not a joke “nor something to be trivialised in a joke”, especially by someone seeking the presidency.

Many Filipinos have embraced Mr Duterte for his vulgarity-laced speeches, his boasts of sexual conquests and his promised war on crime.

Even when he called Pope Francis a “son of a whore” in a speech last November, his followers in the devoutly Catholic nation quickly forgave him.

A spokesmen for Mr Duterte had no immediate comment when approached by AFP. But Duterte media group head Peter Lavina told the Philippines’ GMA News Online in a text message that a clarification will be provided.

Many of his followers brushed off the controversy.

“We won’t apologise for he has done nothing wrong, it was a clear joke for God’s sake,” one Filipina supporter said on Twitter.

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Philippines candidate Duterte condemned over rape comments

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Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte (12 April 2016)Image copyrightReuters
Image captionMr Duterte has a reputation for making inflammatory comments

A video of leading Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte joking about a murdered Australian rape victim has provoked a storm of protest.

The footage shows Mr Duterte and his supporters making light of the assault by prison inmates in 1989 when he was town mayor.

He said the female missionary was so beautiful that “the mayor should have been first”.

Critics say this shows Mr Duterte is “unfit” for the office of president.

Mr Duterte’s supporters however have dismissed the comments as a joke.

The candidate is known for his irreverent speeches and boasts of sexual conquests.

One recent poll had him leading over other contenders ahead of the 9 May election.

‘Disgusting endorsement’

The rape comments in a YouTube video are the latest in a string of inflammatory statements – including the proposed mass executions of suspected criminals – made by Mr Duterte.

Supports of Rodrigo Duterte at an election rally east of Manila (12 April 2016)Image copyrightEPA
Image captionMr Duterte has been mobbed by supporters throughout much of the election campaign which culminates next month
Rodrigo Duterte (top right), Philippines presidential candidate and a local mayor, raises his fist during a motorcade campaign at Cainta Rizal, east of Manila (12 April 2016)Image copyrightReuters
Image captionMr Duterte has a popular following ahead of the 9 May poll

In the video he refers to the missionary who was murdered while ministering in a prison in the city of Davao in the southern Philippines and goes on to make his remark to laughter at a campaign rally.

President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma said the comments reflected Mr Duterte’s “lack of fitness for the presidency” and his “utter lack of respect for women”.

A rival presidential candidate, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, called the comments revolting.

“You are a crazy maniac who doesn’t respect women and doesn’t deserve to be president,” Mr Binay told Mr Duterte in a statement.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson said the comments “were a disgusting endorsement of sexual violence” for which Mr Duterte should be utterly condemned.

In 2015, HRW described Mr Duterte as the death squad mayor for his tactics in dealing with violent crime in Davao, with more than 1,000 people being killed.

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Why I am not voting Duterte, a Christian’s perspective. MUST READ!

Did the “little voice” remind you that something is wrong when you saw Duterte flaunting his distasteful acts and foul mouth on public broadcast? If so, It means that the Holy Spirit is still with you telling you to embrace God’s righteousness and “hate what is evil”.

not voting for duterte a christian response

Putting God aside to vote for Duterte?

Another netizen, by the name of Rudy Alix, shared his one of many reasons not to vote Duterte. That one reason has ultimately narrowed down to what he calls as “conscience”, and thus a very “personal thing”.

He reasoned out that voting for Duterte means asking God to step aside for a while, i.e. putting God behind this May elections to pick Duterte as the leader of this country.

According to Alix, a man that is openly defying God’s sixth and seventh commandments and says “follow me and I will be your leader” is like following the one with rebellious attitude towards God’s moral standard.

“I won’t do that to my God,” added Alix in his post.

Alix is pertaining to Duterte’s grandstanding of intentional violation of “Thou shall not murder” and “Thou shall not commit adultery”, both are parts of the Ten Commandments as can be read in Exodus 20:1-17.

Here’s Alix complete post on his Facebook wall:

So this friend tells me to come back and support Duterte because he’s winning. I told him that I still won’t because it’s a personal thing now, like a conscience thing.

If I see a man openly defying the the commandments “Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt not commit adultery” and he says follow me, I want to be your leader. I see a man who defies God and wants me to follow him instead. If I do, then I’m telling God to step aside on this one because he’s exempted. I won’t do that to my God.

As I said, it’s just a conscience thing, very personal. It feels like IDOLATRY if I suspend belief in the 10 Commandments because of one man.

So I’m sticking with ROXAS-ROBREDO. They’re not saints either, but they don’t brag about violating God’s commandments. This is a personal thing, and I’m posting it here risking vulnerability because if there is any one of you out there who wants to convince me to go for Duterte, don’t bother. I won’t.

Flaunting vs. being ashamed of sins

No one is perfect in this sinful world. Every human being is a sinner (except Jesus when He came in the form of man). Every candidate has his own skeleton in his closet.

But being ashamed of your sin is different from grandstanding it. The latter is a public display of one’s rebellion to God’s moral standards. That’s the big difference between Duterte and the other candidates. Binay’s is another story.

Extrajudicial killing is murder

With regards to the sixth commandment, modern translations of the Bible (NKJV as an example) aptly use “murder” instead of “kill”. In this chaotic world brought by sin, God allowed lawful killing, but that’s not His original and real intention. He did not create this world to be a killing field. Murder is unlawful killing. Extrajudicial killing is unlawful, and thus constitutes a murder.

Duterte openly admitted his connection with Davao Death Squad. DDS is a vigilante group in Davao City killing suspected criminals without due process of law.

Hypocrite and judgmental

Most of the time, a person who raise or say something about Duterte’s bragging of his immoral acts is branded as hypocrite or judgmental right away. In effect, defenders of Duterte are condoning the distasteful acts while persecuting those who call sin as sin.

“Judgmental” is having the excessive critical point of view towards others. The key is “point of view” which may be fact or opinion. But seeing those kissing spree and bragging of having extra-marital relationships, hearing those unnecessary cursing, seeing and hearing the claim of extrajudicial killings among others are facts, not an opinion nor insinuation.

When you call a sin by its right name based on facts it is not being judgmental. You are actually helping others to discern between truth and evil, between immoral and moral, between sin and righteousness.

Hypocrite is a person who pretends to have virtues or moral but actually does not actually possess it. If you are not an adulterer nor fornicator and that you air publicly that you do not approve Duterte’s grandstanding of his “three balls”, then you are not a hypocrite.

“Shut up because you are also a sinner”

If so, then no one will advocate and preach God’s righteousness because no one is qualified. But that is not how it works. Any sinner can embrace and preach God’s moral standard provided that he or she is totally ashamed of his/her own sins.

You leave your sins under God’s judgment, have a contrite attitude towards it, and join millions in sharing God’s love. One way to show love to others is to remind them what sin is and its consequences.

Godly character first and foremost

The Bible has given us several guidelines in picking a leader. Below are some of it.

“It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness.” Proverbs 16:12

“Choose some well-respected men from each tribe who are known for their wisdom and understanding, and I will appoint them as your leaders.” Deuteronomy 1:13

“Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9

By context, the first two verses above are not mainly for church setting, but for civic leaders. As noticed, these guidelines have something to do primarily with godly character. Other qualifications such as educational background, experience, or competence are secondary. Apparently, God is more interested in the heart of the leader. If humility under God is present then God can easily teach the leader.

Don’t ignore that “little voice”

Did the “little voice” remind you that something is wrong when you saw Duterte flaunting his distasteful acts and foul mouth on public broadcast? If you experienced that then that’s a good sign. It means that the Holy Spirit is still with you telling you to embrace God’s righteousness and “hate what is evil”.

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