After 'shoot-to-kill' order, Duterte told to keep anti-crime efforts within law

Subscribe Now July 13, 2013 at 12:59pm

Malacañang on Saturday reminded Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to keep his anti-criminality efforts within the bounds of the law, amid reports that the mayor issued a shoot-to-kill order against armed criminals in his turf.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said local executives and law enforcers cannot break the law just to maintain peace and order.

“We understand the need of local chief executives to keep the peace in their area of responsibility. However, this must be done within the bounds of law. Hindi pwedeng lumalabag tayo sa batas sa ating pagnanais magkaroon ng peace and order sa ating lugar,” she said on government-run dzRB radio.

Duterte reportedly gave city police a shoot-to-kill order against all armed criminals who enter the metropolis.

When asked if Duterte’s shoot-to-kill order is within the law, Valte said a shoot-to-kill order without provocation may go against the law.

She added that police visibility remains among the best solutions to deterring crime.

“Alam naman dapat ng kapulisan na nakadetalye roon ang dapat gawin para mabigyan ng pakiramdam na secure ang ating kababayan doon,” she said.

The city police are now tracking down at least 10 suspected kidnappers of a businesswoman who was abducted in Metro Manila and brought there before she was rescued on Thursday.

At least three of the suspected kidnappers were killed in the rescue while one was arrested and brought to Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame.


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