Cop confirms existence of DDS, accuses Duterte of ordering the killings

  • The Davao cop who earlier belied Edgar Matobato has retracted his statement
  • SPO3 Lascañas now confirms that DDS is real
  • He also accused the President of ordering the killings during his term as mayor of Davao City

MANILA, Philippines – A Davao City police officer who earlier refuted Edgar Matobato’s claim about the existence of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) has retracted his statement and now admits the dreaded liquidation group linked to President Rodrigo Duterte is real.

In a press conference on Monday, February 20, SPO3 Arthur Lascañas admitted Duterte, who was Davao City mayor then, ordered them to kill some personalities for as much as P20,000 to P100,000 per target.

“Kadalasan P20,000, minsan P50,000 depende sa status ng target…P 100,000,” said Lascañas.

[Normally the price is P20,000, sometimes P50,00 and depending on the status of the target…P100,000.]

“Ito po ang umpisa, sa lahat ng ginagawa naming pagpatay sa Davao City, ilibing man o itapon sa laot, ito po ay binabayaran kami ni Mayor Rody Duterte,” the retiring police added.

[This was the start, all of the killings we were ordered to do in Davao City, whether we buried the victims or threw them away into the sea, we were paid by Mayor Rody Duterte.]

Lascañas further claimed the liquidation started after Duterte assumed the mayoralty post of Davao City; during which the so-called ‘salvaging’ became rampant. However, he said most of the targets are notorious criminals and illegal drug suspects.

“Inimplementa po namin ang personal na utos ni Duterte sa amin,” Lascañas said. [We were implementing Duterte’s personal orders.]

 He also accused the President of ordering the bombing of a mosque in Camamara Wa-An Davao City.

Lascañas is the same man tagged by Matobato as the leader of DDS during a Senate investigation in October last year.

However, at that time, Lascañas denied Matobato’s claim, saying it was nothing but ‘media hype. He also called Matobato a ‘liar’ and defended Duterte from the allegation of extra-judicial killings during the latter’s term as mayor of Davao City.