MANILA - House Speaker Sonny Belmonte today dared Davao City Mayor and presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte to reveal the identity of people he claimed to have killed.
"I dare the very brave Mayor, name names! Hindi yung puro 'pinatay ko yan, pinapatay ko yan, papatayin ko kayong lahat,''' Belmonte said.
Belmonte added that he has not heard of any complaint from anyone or from any family against Duterte.
"I never heard of any single complaint, baka image-making lang ito," he said.
"I'm sure kaya niya depensahan ang sarili nya kung bakit siya pumatay ng tao, but name names lang," Belmonte added.
In an interview on radio dzMM's "Ikaw Na Ba? Para Sa Pamilyang Pilipino" last week, Duterte claimed he has actively participated in the execution of several criminals in his city ever since he was elected mayor.
"Ay susmaryosep, marami na," said Duterte, who was first elected mayor of Davao City in 1988.
Duterte, who filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) replacing Martin Diño, also recalled during the dzMM interview the instance when he shot to death three men who abducted a Chinese girl.
He said he was just three months into his first term as mayor in 1988 when the suspects kidnapped a girl and brought her to a neighboring province where they repeatedly raped her, before they went back to Davao City supposedly to get the ransom money from the victim's family.
Duterte, accompanied by three men, said that after he was assured that the victim had already been safely secured, he did not think twice about shooting the kidnappers, who, he said, were holding carbines.
"Hinintay ko na lang. Nung bumaba sila, wala na ako, basta pinagbabaril ko na lang. May hawak na carbine e," he said.
"I was part of it," he admitted. "Actually, I was the most active kasi nakaubos ako ng dalawang magazine ng .45."
He said they were then able to retrieve the ransom money, which, he said, was smeared with blood.
In the interview, Duterte said he does not believe his act of killing the three rapist-kidnappers can be considered a crime.
"Hindi crime yun because they were committing a crime in my presence and I was the person in authority under the law...Pagsabi ko 'Taas ang kamay', walang tumaas ng kamay. Binira ko na," he said.