DDSmem­bers now in Metro, part ofPNP—re­port

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An un­de­ter­mined num­ber of al­leged civil­ian mem­bers of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) have re­lo­cated to Metro Manila and have been sup­pos­edly in­te­grated i nto the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) to carry out Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s war against il­le­gal drugs i n the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

This was the claim in an un­pub­lished, un­of­fi­cial re­port on ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings (EJKs) of drug sus­pects writ­ten by a re­tired po­lice in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer in Jan­uary, re­ly­ing on sources within the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP).

The re­port said that the DDShas­now meta­mor­phosed into the Pres­i­den­tial Death Squad (PDS), claim­ing Mr. Duterte him­self “au­tho­rized” the DDS de­ploy­ment to the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR) in July last year.

It is the PNP it­self that has been car­ry­ing out the killings, and not vig­i­lante groups, the doc­u­ment said.

The doc­u­ment also at­tempted to ex­plain Pres­i­dent Duterte’s “ob­ses­sion” with killing drug sus­pects, claim­ing this stems from his be­lief in “so­cial cleans­ing.”

The Pres­i­dent, a selfc o n f e s s e d “l e f t i s t ,” sup­pos­edly drew in­spi­ra­tion from Mao Ze­dong’s China where the “lumpen pro­le­tariat,” or those in the lower classes of so­ci­ety un­in­ter­ested in the rev­o­lu­tion, were elim­i­nated.

The re­port re­lied on in­for­ma­tion from “more than a dozen ac­tive PNP of­fi­cers” and five re­tired po­lice of­fi­cials who all said that there were nei­ther “le­git­i­mate po­lice op­er­a­tions (LPOs) or vig­i­lante killings (VK)” tak­ing place but “state­spon­sored EJKs ini­ti­ated and sus­tained (by) de­ci­sion of PRRD,” the ini­tials of Pres­i­dent Duterte.

An es­ti­mated 8,000 drug sus­pects have been killed, mostly in Metro Manila, since Pres­i­dent Duterte, who vowed to erad­i­cate the drug men­ace that has sup­pos­edly turned the coun­try into a narco-state, as­sumed of­fice in June last year.

On the con­tention that the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s drug war was so­cial cleans­ing, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Ernesto Abella said that was an un­fair de­scrip­tion and lamented that the Pres­i­dent was be­ing made to look like a killer.

“They’re fram­ing the Pres­i­dent as some sort of killer. He’s be­ing framed, if you put it that way, which I think is un­fair,” Abella said when sought for com­ment .

AFP FILE PHOTO

Po­lice­men in­ves­ti­gate the killing of a sus­pected drug user in Manila in this Jan­uary 18, 2017 pic­ture.

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