MANILA – Malacañang reminded Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday that a shoot-to-kill order against suspected criminals is against the law.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Palace understands Duterte’s sentiments, but his drive to keep the peace should be done “within the bounds of law.”
"We understand the need of any local chief executive to keep the peace in his jurisdiction or in his area of responsibility. However, this must be done within the bounds of law. Hindi po puwedeng lumalabag po tayo sa batas doon po sa ating pagnanais na magkaroon ng peace and order doon sa ating lugar,” Valte said in a radio interview.
Three suspects in the kidnapping of a Manila-based businesswoman were killed in a shootout with Davao Police on Thursday while another was arrested.
A video of the encounter has surfaced suggesting a rubout, but Duterte is defending the cops involved.
He also said he wants all suspects captured at all costs.
Davao City is now on lockdown as police are pursuing several suspects in the kidnapping. -- With ANC