Home | Mindanao | Duterte ‘death squad’ an admission of state-sponsored killings

Duterte ‘death squad’ an admission of state-sponsored killings

DAVAO City — President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to form his own Duterte Death Squad to counter the communist’s New People’s Army (NPA) “Sparrow” units is an admission that his administration is involved in the series of state-sponsored killings across the country, the militant lumad group Pasaka said.

“Duterte’s statement to form a death squad is also a formalization of the extra-judicial killing of progressives, social activists and critique,” said Kerlan Fanagel, chairperson of Pasaka-Southern Mindanao.

“This is both an admission of the current state-sponsored killings that are happening right now nationwide,” Fanagel said, adding that formation of a government death squad could be viewed as “a move to legalize paramilitary group such as the notorious Alamara.”

Recently, Duterte announced the formation of his own death squad to counter NPA hitmen during his visit to Camp Rajah Sikatuna in Bohol.

“I will match [the NPA’s sparrow units’] talent in assassinating people. For sure, they have arms. That is what I want to do,” Duterte added.

According to Fanagel, the President’s DDS can be used “as a tool of the government to carry out extra-judicial killings or forced disappearances against the critics of the Duterte administration.”

“With a President entertaining the idea of forming a death squad, we viewed his pronouncement as a support to encourage government forces to kill political enemies. But we see this as a sign of desperation of an ever weakening US-Duterte regime,” Fanagel said.

Fanagel warned that Duterte’s death squad would only encourage, the government-backed paramilitary unit Alamara to continue sowing fear among peasants and indigenous peoples in the countryside

“If his [Duterte] death squad will start its mission, killings will go unabated,” Fanagel said, citing that since 2016, in Southern Mindanao region alone, 86 cases of extra-judicial killings were documented, 14 of which were Lumad. (davaotoday.com)

Facebooktwitter

About mindanao goldstar daily

mindanao goldstar daily
TREND MAKER. Mindanao Gold Star Daily was established in 1989 to set ablaze a new meaning & flame to the local newspaper business. Throughout the years it continued its focus and interest in the rural areas & pioneered the growth of countryside journalism.

Check Also

Rights group slams gov’t ‘sweeping crackdown’

DAVAO City — Around 700 community leaders and activists are now slapped with trumped-up charges, ...

DISCLAIMER: We welcome fiery exchanges but we do not tolerate ad hominem attacks, casting criminal and false aspersion on our reporters and opinion writers. We reserve the right to delete, reproduce or modify comments posted on our website without prior notice.


POSTING RULES: Do not use obscenity. Stick to the topic discussed. Do not veer away from the discussion and be respectful at all times. Do not use CAPITAL LETTERS as this means shouting in the thread.