DDSmembers now in Metro, part ofPNP—report
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This was the claim in an unpublished, unofficial report on extrajudicial killings (EJKs) of drug suspects written by a retired police intelligence officer in January, relying on sources within the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 .
Policemen investigate the killing of a suspected drug user in Manila in this January 18, 2017 picture.