Under Binay, commission will investigate Death Squad
Binay renewed attacks against poll front runner Rodrigo Duterte. Vice president Jejomar Binay said that under his presidency, he will create an independent commission that will solely investigate and look into the killings that happen in Davao.
He said that not even Duterte will be spared. Duterte will be investigated for his supposed links and even his admissions to giving the orders, albeit under the table, to proceed with the killings. Binay has criticized Duterte, as well as several other critics, for only targeting small fry criminals and not going after the big fish.
"Magtatayo tayo ng isang Independent Commission para imbestigahan ang mga summary executions at paglabag sa human rights ng Davao Death Squad, kasama na si Mr. Duterte," said Binay.
Binay said the the members of the supposed commission could possibly include a retired justice from the Supreme Court, members of human rights groups, and journalists groups.
Binay pounced as well on Duterte for his supposed killing of lesser known journalists, whom Duterte calls "maiingay st madadaldal".
"Maaaring maging bahagi nito ang mga dating justice ng Supreme Court, mga human rights groups, ang National Press Club at Commission on Human Rights. May kapangyarihan itong gamitin ang mga ahensya ng gobyerno para mag-imbestiga, at ang NBI ang syang lead investigating agency... Sa mata ni Duterte ang mga journalist–na tinawag nyang ‘mga maiingay st madadaldal’ – ay kriminal na dapat patayin. Ganito bang presidente ang gusto natin?"
Duterte to be given chance to explain himself, the chance Duterte deprived criminals
According to Binay, who has chosen to position himself in a moral high ground, that unlike Duterte, his agency will have respect for the law. He criticized that the small time criminals killed by Duterte were never given the chance to even explain. Despite that, he would give Duterte that chance because Binay believes Duterte still has a right to explain and defend his side from allegation even if Duterte was not as forgiving.
"Dahil tayo ay may respesto sa ating batas, bibigyan natin ng pagkakataon si Mr. Duterte at ang Davao Death Squad na depensahan ang kanilang mga pagpatay… Bibigyan natin si Mr. Duterte at ang kanyang death squad ng pagkakataong magpaliwanag sa batas, na hindi nila ibinigay sa kanilang biktima," he said.