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An Ex-Davao City police officer is claiming that so-called Davao Death Squad exists, and that President Rodrigo Duterte pays them up to P100,000 depending on their target.
SPO3 Arthur Lascañas said to the media along with lawyers of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) led by national chairman Jose Manuel Diokno.
“Totoo po ang existence ng Davao Death Squad o DDS. Siya ay miyembro namin at isa ako sa pasimuno dito,” Lascañas said referring to Edgar Matobato, who earlier testified on the DDS before a Senate inquiry.
“Ito ay binabayaran kami ni Mayor Duterte, kadalasan P20,000 or P50,000 at depende sa staus ng target, minsan P100,000. Ako ay tumanggap ng allowance sa office of the mayor, P100,000,” Lascañas said.
On last year's Senate investigation , Matobato linked Lascañas as the supposed "team leader" of the death squad, adding that the police official was close to Duterte.
Lascañas then denied the existence of the DDS, as well as Matobato's claim that he was Duterte's right-hand man.
"Wala pong DDS. Media hype lang 'yan," Lascañas then said.
Meanwhile, Senator Richard Gordon has said that there is no proof to establishing that DDS exists and that it killed people on Duterte's orders.
"Walang na-prove eh," Gordon told reporters.