CHR sounds alarm on Davao Death Squad copycats

Subscribe Now May 26, 2015 at 12:38pm

The Commission on Human Rights confirmed Monday that the killing of criminals by the so-called Davao Death Squad is now being copied in other cities.

CHR officer-in-charge Marc Titus Cebreros confirmed the copycat killings, which he described as a "worrisome trend."

"The Davao Death Squad has spawned copycat activities in other key cities in Mindanao and even here in Luzon...It is a worrisome trend. We see that in Tagum, Cagayan de Oro and other cities in Mindanao. This cannot be a policy of the state whether the national or local government," he said.

Human Rights Watch earlier noted about 1,000 death squad killings have been reported in Davao City since the late 1990s. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte first became mayor of Davao City in 1988.

Citing a United States State Department cables released by WikiLeaks in 2011, HRW said Duterte's alleged brand of justice, which has gone tolerated, seemed to have encouraged government-sanctioned death squads in other places like Cebu City, Toledo, and Carcar.


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