Davao’s “Summary Killings”: Probe by CHR in 2009, UN rep Alston in 2007

The two-day probe of the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights this week on the “summary executions” in Davao City in Mindanao reminds me of the investigations by Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in 2007.

The inquiries is making waves about the killings not only in Mindanao’s premier city but also around the Philippines.

For Alston, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte “dominates the city so thoroughly as to stamp out whole genres of crime, yet he remains powerless in the face of hundreds of murders committed by men without masks in view of witnesses.”

But Duterte said Alston’s 66-page final report on his Philippine mission in February, two pages of which are on his visit to this city, was written by someone who “does not have training to be impartial” and who has made a very short visit to Davao for him to end up with those conclusions.

For a review of the news report then, See this post.

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