MANILA, Philippines – Even when he was still mayor of Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte was at the receiving end of allegations pertaining to violations of human rights.
He has long been linked to the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS), a vigilante group alleged to be behind the extrajudicial killings in Davao City. While Duterte has vehemently denied links to the vigilante group, human rights groups have called for an investigation of Duterte’s links to the summary killings. (READ: Davao Death Squad: Whatever happened to the investigations?)
On Thursday, September 15, Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed former member of the DDS, surfaced before a Senate hearing and claimed that Duterte and his son, Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, were behind some of the killings.
The elder Duterte was Davao mayor for 21 years, serving for 3 three-term periods – from 1988 to 1998, 2001 to 2010, and 2013 to 2016. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the city’s 1st district representative. He was also vice mayor to his daughter, Sara Duterte, from 2010 to 2013.
During the Senate hearing, Matobato enumerated a series of incidents. Here they are in timeline format.
– Research by Katerina Francisco, Michael Bueza, and Jodesz Gavilan / Rappler.com
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