Robredo forms fact-finding team to probe alleged Duterte's human rights violation

July 13, 2012 11:02 pm 

MANILA, July 13 – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo on Friday created a fact-finding team that will investigate Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly forcing a swindler to eat a fake land title he used in duping informal settlers.

“I have ordered the creation of a fact-finding team which will include DILG officials from Region 11 to get to the bottom of the case. I can understand the cries against Duterte’s human rights violations but he must also be subjected through the legal process,” he said.

Robredo made this statement as no formal complaint yet has been lodged against the Davao City official.

Suspected swindler Manolito Gayas was arrested last July 9 based on complaints by some Davao City-based informal settlers, who claimed he peddled counterfeit documents, promising lots in the city in exchange for just P250.

The suspect also claims that he operated a foundation that “owns the entire Philippines,” even presenting a fake Supreme Court decision about his claims.

Last July 10, Duterte reportedly visited Gayas inside his detention cell in the city and forced the latter to eat the fake land title, earning the latter cries of condemnation from various human rights and religious groups. (PNA)

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