HIGHLIGHT: A former member of the House of Representatives said that Davao City Mayor and PDP-Laban standard bearer Rody Duterte was cleared in the mishaps during the hostage-taking incident at the Davao Penal Colony in 1989.
The killings of suspects and victims at the Davao Penal Colony hostage drama became a fresh matter of interest after the rape remarks Duterte in a sortie.
In the issue of his style of fighting criminality, which Duterte is also being criticized, former House member and first district representative of Davao, Prospero Nograles said that no evidence was found against Duterte who said he ordered a shoot-to-kill order.
“Yes, we cleared him. We found no evidence against him, nothing,” former House speaker Prospero Nograles told The Star.
Formerly political rivals of Duterte were Nograles and sitting speaker that time, the late Palawan Rep. Ramon Mitra Jr.
Nograles said, “I was part of the panel. I wanted to find evidence against Mayor Digong but we could not find any. We looked into the massacre of the inmates led by a certain Pugoy. They all died.”
Now supporting the bid of fellow Dabaweno, Nograles admitted he used the issue against Duterte but unable to defeat the latter.
“I wanted to defeat him, but the issue fell on deaf ears,” Nograles said.
The 1989 Davao hostage crises started when inmates led by Pugoy, demanded to be transferred in the National Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa. They held hostage lay missionaries conducting prayers in the jail including Jacqueline Hamill, who was only in the country for a month. The saga ended with the killings of both victims and suspects as soldiers began attack.