He is the one who decided “to green light” the Davao Death Squad (DDS).It was Mayor Duterte himself who privately “acknowledged his active support of the DDS group.” He made the admission during a 2003 meeting with political officers of the US Embassy in Manila.
Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is finally getting the recognition that he’s been seeking – that he is what he is, a tough guy, maybe even a killer.
He is now squarely in the radar of the US government.
According to US State Department documents released by Wikileaks, the US government has “solid evidence” that Duterte is responsible for the extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances in Davao City.
When fellow presidential candidate Grace Poe announced on April 14 that she would appoint Duterte as crime czar if she won the presidency, Washington took notice.
“I want to offer to him the position as crime czar because of what he said that he will finish the problems of criminality in six months,” Poe said.
This prompted officials and journalists to check their files and dossiers on Duterte.
Solid evidence vs Duterte What they found was jaw-dropping. Duterte is considered a criminal by the US government. This revelation surpasses in gravity the earlier controversy stirred by Duterte with his vile remarks about the Australian lay missionary rape victim in Davao.
Based on “solid evidence,” the State Department has established that “Mayor Duterte of Davao City is clearly behind a group called the Davao Death Squad.” This is the shocking revelation of a global investigation outfit, Open Source investigations (ISI), which has specialized in the disclosure of information on important political issues and political personalities, since the group was publicly announced in Sept. The Open Source report said the US State Department is convinced that Duterte “supports” and “encourages” the extra-judicial killings in Davao City.
The DDS, a vigilante group “formed by the mayor,” carried out many of the killings.
DDS is an underground network made up of former criminals and militants, perpetrating killings in exchange for payment.
Victims are “usually street children and petty criminals.” The State Department said that Duterte should be brought to justice.