Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte as a “murderer” and “father of all EJKs” (extrajudicial killings), after the chief executive’s defense of the cops tagged in the slay of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa under police custody.
In a statement, De Lima said Duterte’s recent remarks on the incident are an admission that he ordered the murder of Mayor Espinosa.
“That is an admission that he is the mastermind of such extra-judicial killing. That says it all about the EJK phenomenon,” De Lima, former secretary of Department of Justice, said.
Citing the testimony of witness Edgar Matobato, who testified before a Senate committee on the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS), De Lima said Duterte’s statement “seals his fate as the Father of all EJKs” first in Davao City and now, the entire country.
On Wednesday, Duterte said he will not allow the policemen tagged in the killing of Espinosa to go to jail.