DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte pushed for investigation on the serial killings of former employees of a big car dealer in Davao, who were among those accused of having been involved with some dubious deals but whose cases in court were dismissed.
Duterte, in a media interview on Thursday, said justice has to be served.
“There has to be an investigation, papilion nako sila if they want the police to do it or ang NBI, there has to be a solution on this. Dili man pud ni pwede sunod-sunod ang upat unya pareho ang issue (They can choose whom they would want to investigate – the police or the National Bureau of Investigation. It is impossible that there are four serial killings with the same issue),” Duterte said in the press conference he hastily called.
Present in the media conference were Martin Delgra, lawyer of Francis Tio Zubieta, who he said was the fourth to be killed among the batch of dismissed employees earlier sued by the company.
Delgra did not name the three others.
Delgra said that they sought out the help of the city mayor because Zubieta’s wife is asking for justice and also for the protection of the other former employees who now fear for their life.
Delgra said that these employees were sued four to five years ago, but the cases were already dismissed. But just recently, more charges, this time theft and qualified theft, were filed.
“Mao ni sila hadlok ni sila karon kay basin sila’y isunod ka yang upat daw sunod-sunod ang common denominator nila gikansila sa (The remaining ones are now afraid because four were already killed and the common denominator is that all four came from [name of company]),” Duterte said.
Duterte said the killings have to stop.
“Apparently, that is the main allegation and I have to intervene. Lisud na naay nagsige’g patay and I’m just warning everybody there na dili ko musugot na ingon ana (You just can’t keep on killing, I will not allow that),” he said.
Sun.Star Davao texted the owner of the car dealership company at 4:49 p.m. Friday but this was not acknowledged.
This was followed up with a call at 5:35 p.m., but the phone was unattended.
“I hope the owner tawgon pud ug wala sila’y labot ana then they come up with an explanation kay sila’y ginapasangilan, They are attributing the deaths, kadtong former employees na [name of company] mismo ang handiworks ana, criminal acts is being imputed against the [name of company], dili maayo nga developing story nasa usa ka korporasyon (I hope the owner will also be called to explain because they are the ones being accused here. The deaths are attributed to them because these are all former employees. This does not speak well of the company),” the mayor added.
He said that the killings should stop lest he will be the one to step in.
“Ako na ang ma-kontra because it is my obligation to protect everybody. Whether sad-an or dili eh di adtoon sa korte kung sad-an sila (The suspects will have to face me now. Whether guilty or not, sue the ex-employees in court),” he said.