Duterte to CHR chief: Talk to my lawyer

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Monday, January 27, 2014


DAVAO - Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has not yet received a letter from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) about the conduct of an investigation on his “I-will-kill-you” statement issued against rice smugglers.

“Talk to my lawyer,” was Duterte's reply to CHR.

Duterte earlier said that should rice smuggling in the city worsen, he might instead resort to “killing” these smugglers. [Read more]

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Following Duterte's statement, Commissioner Etta Rosales said that the CHR may conduct "a fact-finding investigation and legal review" on series of events involving Duterte.

The fact-finding investigation might lead to "filing of charges, if warranted by facts and law," the CHR said.

The mayor also belittled the Justice Department for failing to build a case against the suspected smuggler David Tan.

David Tan, Davidson or Bangayan or Banggayan, the alleged king of rice smuggling, and several other Chinese names were identified as the big traders who are cornering a big chunk of the country's rice imports under the 2013 quantitative restriction import mode of the agency.

Duterte also chided anew Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for trying to pin him down on his shoot-to-kill order.

“Wala gyud ka ka research aning shoot-to-kill (You never researched on shoot to kill)? The problem with you is that you have a very itchy mouth also...” he said, adding that shoot-to-kill orders are in fact lawful for law enforcers who are met with resistance.

He also belied de Lima’s claim that the Justice department has been investigating about rice smugglers before he raised a howl about it.

“Wala ka misugod ug imbestiga ana hangtod wala ko nagsugod ug pamalikas diri sa Mindanao. Did you know nga kadtong picture nga imong gigunitan, it was provided by me through the intelligence community? Gitawag nako ang intelligence community (You never started any investigation on rice smuggling until after I started cursing about it here. Even the photograph you were showing, I provided that through the intelligence community. I called the intelligence community),” he added.

Duterte also said he has not yet received any summon from the Senate, inviting him to testify against rice smuggling.

He said he just learned about when he watched the hearing live on the television.

“I heard it very clearly from Senator (Grace) Poe,” he said. [Read: Duterte willing to testify in probe vs smuggling]

Duterte said he is tentatively scheduled to appear in the Senate hearing in February 3.

Davidson Bangayan, the suspected rice smuggler, is also invited in the next hearing. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 28, 2014.

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