DAVAO CITY (Updated) -- Mayor Rodrigo Duterte gave the local police a shoot-to-kill order against all armed criminals who enter the metropolis.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Ronald dela Rosa said this was the order of Duterte before they launched the daring assault that killed three kidnappers on Thursday.
The same order goes to the suspects’ fleeing cohorts.
"Shoot-to-kill akong standing order sa tanang criminals nga musulod did sa syudad sa Davao (Shoot-to-kill is my standing order against all criminals who enter Davao City," Dela Rosa quoted Duterte as telling him.
The police chief said that after he was informed last Wednesday by the Anti-Kidnapping Group in Camp Crame that a kidnap-for-ransom group is heading to Davao together with its victim, he immediately informed the mayor.
He said after relaying the message to Duterte, he regularly gives him updates on the situation until the assault Thursday.
The police operation also led to the rescue of the kidnap victim Sally Chua, a 51-year-old Filipino-Chinese businesswoman from Quezon City.
Chua was kidnapped inside her office last July 5, but convinced her abductors into making the payoff in Davao City.