MANILA - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is urging Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte not to chime in on the case of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista who is facing possible charges for slapping a drug suspect last week.
CHR Chairwoman Etta Rosales said it is not advisable for Duterte to add fuel to the fire and teach law enforcers the wrong things.
This is after Duterte said he would do more than just slap drug pushers but would even drop them in the Davao Gulf if he catches them.
"Alam mo, sana si Mayor Duterte, wag na lang siyang kumibo kasi nakakaimpluwensiya siya ng hindi magandang impluwensiya. Maraming walang alam at kulang sa alam, halimbawa, sa Miranda doctrine," she told ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda.
In the interview, Rosales praised Mayor Bautista for issuing a public apology for his maltreatment of the criminal suspect.
She said that instead of telling people to punish drug suspects, officials should tell the public about their rights. One of these rights is the right to remain silent.
The CHR chief described Duterte as a "bad influence" to those who have no understanding of the rights of criminal suspects.
"Kung sasabihin mo: 'Ah kung ako yan, mas masahol pa.' Hindi mo tinuturuan ang pulis. Hindi mo tinuturuan ang enforcement agents kung ano ang karapat-dapat at yun ang tungkulin ni Mayor Duterte," she said.
She added: "Mas gusto ko yung ginagawa ni Mayor Herbert. Sana si Mayor Duterte maiwasan na niya yan kasi nag ba bad influence siya sa mga taong hindi nakakaintindi. Law enforcers like the policemen."
She said it is possible that Duterte's tough-talking leadership has served as a deterrent to crime in Davao City.
However, she also pointed out that such talk is dangerous especially if there is a case of mistaken identity.
"Maaaring totoo yan pero sa kabila rin niyan, paano kung mistaken identity? Papaano kung hindi pala siya yun at kamag-anak mo ang nahuli at summarily executed ang nangyari because we want to get rid of that? Hindi dumaan sa due process at lumabas na mistaken identity. That is what is always underscored, yung doubt na yan. So the person pag inosente siya has the right to due process," she said.
The rights chief said she has no tolerance for people who use patronage politics to get away from criminal liability.
She even praised Bautista for catching the criminal suspect and said the mayor should pursue the drug case.
"Kung talagang guilty, i-convict. Yung certainty of arrest, prosecution, trial, conviction and penalty, dapat strikto tayo diyan. Walang pagsusuhol at sabwatan sa pagitan ng pulis, investigator, prosecutor o judge. Kapag nawala lahat yan, yan ang tinatawag na tuwid na daan," she said.