MANILA - Malacanang has again reminded Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that he should uphold the rule of law when going after criminals.
"All government officials, whether local or national, have the basic responsibility to uphold the rule of law," Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said on Tuesday.
Coloma was reacting to statements of Duterte during a televised Senate hearing on Monday that he will “gladly kill” alleged rice smuggling king Davidson Bangayan if he catches him smuggling rice in Davao City.
The statement also did not bode well with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
The Commission on Human Rights has likewise reprimanded Duterte several times for acts “unbecoming of a public official.”
The CHR earlier said: “The Legal and Investigation Office (LIO) of the office has been directed to conduct a fact-finding investigation and legal review of this matter, with a view to the filing of charges, if warranted by the facts and law…”
The CHR also reminded the mayor that it is “actively” monitoring the so-called Davao Death Squad case.
The spate of killings, vigilante-style, has claimed over 800 victims since 1998. Duterte was then Davao City representative. He was said to be behind the vigilante group. The case is still with the Ombudsman.