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Philippines: Death Squad Linked to Hundreds of Killings

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Investigate Role of Tagum City Officials, Police in a Decade of Murders

Human Rights Watch REPORT: “One Shot to the Head”

Death Squad Killings in Tagum City, Philippines

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(Manila) – The Philippine government should investigate an alleged “death squad” implicated in several hundred killings in Tagum City on the southern island of Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Official police records obtained by Human Rights Watch show 298 killings between January 2007 and March 2013 that provincial police attributed to the “Tagum Death Squad,” and for which no one has been prosecuted.

The 71-page report, “‘One Shot to the Head’: Death Squad Killings in Tagum City, Philippines,” details the involvement of local government officials – including Tagum City’s former mayor, Rey “Chiong” Uy – and police officers in the extrajudicial killings of alleged drug dealers, petty criminals, street children, and others over the past decade. The report draws heavily on interviews and affidavits from three self-proclaimed members of the death squad in Tagum City who took part in its killing operations. It also examines the failure of the Philippine government to seriously investigate the death squad and bring those responsible to justice.

“Tagum City’s former mayor helped organize and finance a death squad linked to the murder of hundreds of residents,’” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director. “Rey Uy called these citizens ‘weeds.’ He and other city officials and police officers underwrote targeted killings as a perverse form of crime control.”

Since 1998, when he was first elected Tagum City’s mayor, Rey Uy,  along with close aides and city police officers, hired, equipped, and paid for an operation that at its height consisted of 14 hit men and accomplices. Many were on the city government payroll with the Civil Security Unit, a City Hall bureau tasked with traffic management and providing security in markets and schools.

Human Rights Watch interviewed more than three dozen people, including surviving victims and their families, witnesses to killings, police officers, and former death squad members. The former death squad members described how those who refused to carry out orders, sought to quit, or otherwise fell into disfavor were themselves likely to become death squad victims.

“There is compelling evidence of the involvement of Tagum City police and former Mayor Rey Uy mayor in a death squad that operated during Uy’s 1998-2013 tenure as mayor,” Kine said.  “The Tagum death squad’s activities imposed a fear-enforced silence in Tagum City that allowed the killers and their bosses to literally get away with murder.”


The 12 killings Human Rights Watch documented typically occurred outdoors, on the streets, and often in broad daylight. The hit men, wearing baseball caps and sunglasses and armed with .45 caliber handguns, would arrive and depart on government-issued motorcycles. Former death squad members told Human Rights Watch that they would routinely inform local police via text message of an impending targeted killing, so the police would not interfere. After the killing, the police in turn would notify them if any witnesses had identified them.

Those targeted were primarily people that Mayor Uy had declared to be the “weeds” of Tagum society, namely suspected petty criminals and drug dealers, as well as street children. The death squad drew its targets from the “order of battle” or OB, a list of names coming from various sources, including local community leaders, neighborhood watchmen, and police intelligence officers. Names of drug suspects were provided by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The Tagum Death Squad also apparently carried out “guns-for-hire” operations that Uy was either unaware of or did not specifically commission, such as the killing of  a journalist, a judge, at least two police officers, and a tribal leader as well as local politicians and businessmen. In several cases, the death squad’s handlers would fabricate drug allegations against the target of a contract killing to justify to Uy their murder.

Former Tagum Death Squad members told Human Rights Watch that the unit was paid 5,000 pesos (US$110) for every killing, which the members would divide among themselves. They said that on at least two occasions, Uy personally paid the death squad members for two killings. A former hit man who was himself attacked by his former colleagues surrendered to the Davao del Norte provincial police and later agreed to testify in a case filed against Uy and others. Targeted killings have continued but with less frequency since Uy stepped down as mayor in June 2013.

The Tagum Death Squad was initially a crime-fighting group patterned after the death squad in nearby Davao City, which propelled that city’s mayor, Rodrigo Duterte, to national fame. In February 2011, Uy issued an explicit warning to “criminal” elements in the city advising them to “go somewhere else.” A senior official of the governmental Commission on Human Rights described these murders as “silent killings” because they were hardly ever reported in the media.

Local and national authorities have failed to seriously investigate the vast majority of Tagum City’s killings, Human Rights Watch said. While police routinely cite a lack of witnesses to explain the absence of prosecutions, victims’ relatives and witnesses say they fear testifying, largely due to the perceived links of the death squad to local officials.

On April 28, 2014, the media reported that the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation had recommended the prosecution of four security guards employed by the Tagum City government for their alleged role in the abduction, torture, and murder of two teenage boys in February 2014. The current Tagum City mayor, Allan Rellon, reportedly told the media that he was “bewildered” by the allegations, saying that, “As a local chief executive, I abhor any form of summary killing.”

President Benigno Aquino III has largely ignored extrajudicial killings by death squads in Tagum City and other urban areas. He has failed to condemn local anti-crime campaigns that promote or encourage the unauthorized use of force to rid city streets of “undesirables.” A much-vaunted initiative by the administration to address impunity – the creation in 2012 of a so-called “superbody” to expedite the investigation and prosecution of cases of extrajudicial killings – has remained largely inactive even as new cases were reported by Philippine human rights groups.

Police officers at the crime scene of the murder of Rogelio Butalid, a broadcast commentator, outside his radio station in Tagum City, in the southern Philippines on December 11, 2013. A witness told Human Rights Watch that a Tagum Death Squad member shot Butalid at point-blank range.
Police officers at the crime scene of the murder of Rogelio Butalid, a broadcast commentator, outside his radio station in Tagum City, in the southern Philippines on December 11, 2013. A witness told Human Rights Watch that a Tagum Death Squad member shot Butalid at point-blank range.

Other national institutions responsible for law and order, namely the Department of Justice, the Philippine National Police, the Ombudsman’s Office, and the Commission on Human Rights have largely been inactive in combatting death squads.

Human Rights Watch has previously published a103-page report, “You Can Die Any Time: Death Squad Killings in Mindanao,” on a ‘death squad’ active in Davao City and the government’s failure to investigate the involvement of police and local government officials in targeted killings.

Human Rights Watch called on the Aquino administration to direct the responsible government agencies to take measures to stop the killings in Tagum City and elsewhere, thoroughly investigate death squad killings and the death squads themselves, and bring justice to the victims’ families. Immediate attention should be given to the situation in Tagum City and the role of former and current government officials and members of the police in abuses.

“The Philippine government’s failure to act decisively against death squad killings has certainly contributed to the horrific death toll in Tagum City, “ Kine said. “President Aquino needs to send a loud and urgent message that deploying death squads as a ‘crime control’ measure is unlawful and needs to stop.”

Selected accounts from the report

“They said they wanted to clean up Tagum, to bring change to Tagum, so that bad elements would think twice in coming in because they would end up dead in Tagum.” – Romnick Minta, former member of the Tagum Death Squad, May 2013.

“[The police] fully knew beforehand of the execution of such killing and that in every summary killing investigation they always appeared at the scene of the killing to see if we are positively identified by witnesses or not.” – Romnick Minta, former member of the Tagum Death Squad, May 2013.

“You can’t disobey the mayor’s order. His power is higher than the chief of police. If the mayor gives his order, it gets implemented…. My colleagues would tell me, when I was new, to keep quiet. ‘These officers are the mayor’s men.’… So we just kept quiet. We couldn’t arrest them. We couldn’t do anything when they’re in front of us. But we knew what they were doing.” – Police intelligence officer who started investigating the Tagum Death Squad, May 2013.

“[A] number would receive a lot of calls and texts identifying suspected criminals. Our task was to check out the names, whether these people actually were committing the crimes they were accused of committing. If we confirmed it, our leaders would then assign the job [to kill the alleged criminal].” – Jomarie Abayon, a former Tagum Death Squad member, February 2014.

“The asset [hit man] arrived at around 5 p.m. and stayed by the billiards table.… I had no idea that they were planning to kill [Jerome]. When Jerome came out after his nap, the asset left because somebody called him [from outside].… Two men then appeared at about 6 p.m. But we learned afterward [from other witnesses] that they were already casing the place as early as 4 p.m. When Jerome took his nap, [the assailants] were already here….They shot him first from behind; he didn’t see them. He turned around and the other killer shot him, too, hitting him in the armpit. He was shot four times in the body. They took turns shooting him.” – “Toto,” pseudonym of a teenager in Tagum City whose friends (among them Jerome, killed in September 2011) were murdered by the Tagum Death Squad, September 2011.

By Andrew Kreig

Global Research, May 28, 2014

CNN and Newsweek recently launched dubious tirades against what they called “conspiracy theories.” Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal published U.N. Considers Reopening Probe into 1961 Crash that Killed Dag Hammarskjöld, a report that broached the possibility that the United States may have been involved in the death of the secretary-general, who is shown in a file photo. As a way to understand such varied messages, I urge readers to evaluate evidence with an open mind — and regard with special suspicion those commentators who slant their coverage with the loaded smear words “conspiracy theory” without citing specific evidence.

No one has time to investigate everything without preconceptions. For efficiency, we rely in part on slanted commentary by our favorite sources. But if the stakes are high and we want to be honest we should admit (at least to ourselves) that our preliminary conclusions should be subject to change based on new data.

My suggestions follow the spirit of the Justice Integrity Project’s JFK Assassination “Readers Guide” last fall. That 11-part series began with a catalog of books, archives, reports and videos.Then it proceeded to assess various theories of President Kennedy’s 1963 murder.

By now, we know from declassified documents that the CIA undertook a massive secret campaign to smear critics of the Warren Commission with the label “conspiracy theorist.”

The campaign used members of mainstream media friendly to the CIA, for example, to discredit New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, shown below. Garrison was prosecuting New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw in what Garrison alleged was a conspiracy to murder Kennedy. Shaw, an OSS liaison to high-ranking British officials during World War II, founded a major regional trade mart in New Orleans shortly after the war. Garrison alleged that Shaw met with rightist opponents of JFK to plan the death.

Jim GarrisonA 50-page CIA memo, known as “CIA Dispatch 1035-960,” instructed agents to contact their media contacts and disparage those, like Garrison, criticizing the Warren Commission findings that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK and acted alone. The 1967 document is here in the original, and herein reformatted text of its summary.

Minutes of CIA meeting that same year indicated fear that Garrison would win a conviction.

But a jury promptly acquitted Shaw following more than a dozen deaths (including suicide) of potential witnesses and an intense smear campaign against Garrison by the national media. NBC News hired former high-ranking Justice Department official Walter Sheridan, who had been an early recruit to the super-secret NSA in the 1950s. Publicly an investigative reporter, Sheridan was involved also in operational efforts to undermine Garrison.

More generally, Operation Mockingbird was the CIA’s secret program to plant stories in the nation’s most prestigious news outlets.

“With this [CIA] memo and the CIA’s influence in the media,” author Peter Janney wrote in a guest column on our site last fall, “the concept of ‘conspiracy theorist’ was engendered and infused into our political lexicon and became what it is today: a term to smear, denounce, ridicule, and defame anyone who dares to speak about any crime committed by the state, military or intelligence services.”

Janney, whose late father Wistar Janney had been a high-ranking CIA executive, continued: “People who want to pretend that conspiracies don’t exist — when in fact they are among the most commonmodus operandi of significant historical change throughout the world and in our country — become furious when their naive illusion is challenged.”

After that background, let’s look at more recent uses of the term by the mainstream media to discredit those who suggest government complicity in notorious events.

CNN, Newsweek Lash Out Against Government Critics

Last week, CNN’s Jake Tapper engaged in little more than name-calling in his segment ‘Truthers’ to protest 9/11 Museum. Tapper brought in a like-minded guest, Salon columnist Emily Bazelon, who relied on the same kind of seat-of-the-pants speculation to denounce protesters.

Another example of selective analysis was a Newsweek cover story May 15, The Plots to Destroy America, written by Kurt Eichenwald. Oddly, Newsweek’s sensationalistic title itself implied a conspiracy — that the diverse government critics on the right and left whom the magazine attacked intended to “destroy” the nation with their “plots.”

I recognized the pattern. Three years ago, I hosted author Jonathan Kay on my weekly public affair radio show, Washington Update. Kay, a Canadian newspaper editor and law school graduate, had authored Among the Truthers, a 340-page book. Upon reading it, however, I saw that it raised alarm and mocked critics of 9/11 official accounts but did not analyze their arguments.

Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein White House Photo

Similarly, Eichenwald cited as authority a handful of establishment “experts” who mocked those who criticize government or other establishment institutions.

Among the experts the Newsweek author repeatedly quoted was Cass Sunstein, a Harvard Law professor, author of the recent book Conspiracy Theories, and a former high-ranking Obama administration official. During the Obama first term, Sunstein in effect oversaw all federal regulation at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

A White House photo shows Sunstein with his wife, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, when Vice President Joe Biden swore her into office last summer. Her appointment followed her high-level work in national security at the White House and State Department during Obama’s first term. As noted in my book, Presidential Puppetry, she is a leading proponent for regime change and military intervention globally on the grounds of humanitarian principles.

Also last summer, Obama appointed Sunstein along with four others to the president’s review commission for a response to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations of massive illegal spying on the American public.

Eichenwald glosses over this heavy national security background and the rhetoric needed to foster public support for global interventions.

Even more relevant is that Eichenwald failed to note that Sunstein co-authored in 2008 what has become a notorious paper advocating propaganda techniques.

In the paper “Conspiracy Theories,” Sunstein advocated that the government secretly hire academics and journalists to thwart the dissemination of what federal authorities might regard as dangerous beliefs held by millions of voters, such as suggestion that officials were complicit in 9/11 or a cover-up.

Sunstein’s own proposal sounds, in other words, like the kind of plot government critics most fear as a violation of constitutional rights by an Orwellian, Big Brother state.

Yet Eichenwald argued that “not a scintilla of evidence” exists for the theories he disparaged. He called them “unsubstantiated nonsense.” But he failed, like most with his mind-set, to refute the best arguments of his targets.

Instead, he repeatedly cited well-credential experts, who applauded government officials for the most part and trivialized the concerns of complainers.

Such elitist, slanted reporting by Newsweek and CNN suggests why their audiences are plunging and the outlets find themselves focused on half-truths important to someone, but not audiences. The Internet provides alternative news sources.

In 2010, the Washington Post sold Newsweek for just $1 and assumption of debts. The Post announced that it wanted to place the publication into the hands of a like-minded publisher. This was Sidney Harman, the husband of Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA), a Harvard Law grad and prominent advocate of the intelligence-military complex. Newsweek, much like CNN, retains only a shell of its former clout and has twice been sold since Sidney Harman died.

Joe LauriaThat said, most of us still rely heavily on the mainstream media to complement our information from other sources.

A striking example last week was a bold, exclusive report by Joe Lauria, the Wall Street Journal’s United Nations correspondent. Lauria (shown in a file photo) drew on his years on the beat to report for the Journal that the United Nations may reactivate on the basis of new evidence its dormant inquiry on whether its late leader, Hammarskjöld, was intentionally killed during his 1961 peace-keeping mission.

As a former stringer for the Journal for two years earlier in my career, I can imagine how much research the reporter must have produced before such a story would make it into print. His achievement is especially striking at a Murdoch-owned paper, whose owner is better known for benefiting from high-level intrigues than exposing them.

And what if the United Nations proceeds — and finds that the secretary-general died from foul play?

For one thing, that would not be good news for those who deny conspiracies. But they would surely find a way to avoid in-depth reporting.

Contact the author Andrew Kreig

By Kevin Murphy

May 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) – A white supremacist charged in the killings of three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City in April was charged on Tuesday with committing five other crimes that day, including three attempted murders.

Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also goes by the name Glenn Miller, was charged on Tuesday with the attempted first degree murder of Paul Temme, Mark Brodkey and Jason Coombes during a shooting spree in suburban Kansas City.

Cross was also charged with aggravated assault against a fourth person, Margaret Hunker, allegedly putting her in fear for her life, and discharging a firearm at an occupied building, the Jewish Community Center White Theater.

Cross previously was charged with capital murder in the killings of Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish center, and first-degree premeditated murder in the killing of Terri LaManno, 53, outside the nearby Village Shalom Jewish retirement home.

Cross, held on $10 million bond, was known to law enforcement and human rights groups as a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan and someone who had repeatedly expressed hatred for Jewish people. None of the people he is charged with killing were Jewish.

A public defender representing Cross could not be reached immediately to comment on the additional charges filed on Tuesday. Cross, who has not entered a plea, is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday for a hearing.

Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe has said the capital murder charge gives prosecutors the option of seeking the death penalty. A conviction would automatically carry a sentence of life without parole.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Editing by David Bailey and Ken Wills)


Mayor of Guatemalan town has made ‘Jew registry,’ ordered two Jewish families to leave. ‘Their customs aren’t like ours,’ he insists.

By Tova Dvorin

Arutz Sheva, May 28, 2014

As an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) poll revealed earlier this month demonstrated, anti-Semitism is a worldwide phenomenon. And while a focus on anti-Semitism has cropped up in Europe and in the Middle East, at least one group of Jews in Guatemala were brave enough to speak of their own plight in the South American press.

Over thirty Jews are being expelled from San Juan La Laguna, a small Guatemalan town – all at the express request of the locals.

“We wanted a clean, quiet, peaceful and friendly place for our children to grow into adults,” Misael Santos, a convert to Judaism from San Juan La Laguna, told Prensa Libre earlier this week. However, that is not what Santos found; for about six months, the community has been subject to ongoing verbal and physical abuse – the result of a petition for the small Jewish community to be evicted.

Fear of the unknown

download (20)Santos and one other Jewish family moved to the small town from Mexico city about six years ago, he said. But trouble really began after he began a synagogue, drawing Israelis and Jewish tourists alike to the Guatemalan heartland.

“About seven months ago, visitors came to celebrate the Jewish New Year here,” he stated. “A Mexican family stayed for five months. We’re only two families in all, but then a public official began showing signs of discontent with the people here.”

“We were only two families, but he wanted us to leave,” he added. “We were doing nothing wrong – just exercising our freedom of religion.”

Since then, word has spread about the Jews in San Juan La Laguna, beginning a torrent of abuse.

“I put myself in their place and perhaps they are right to feel scared because before we were two families and now there are ten. And seeing us with our traditional dress, which is black, out of devotion and humility, in the streets, may cause fear,” he admitted.

“But someone must be directing this, because someone printed out fliers with false information [about Judaism and Jews] and put it under everyone’s doors.”

Nazi tactics?

After concerns about the tourists rose, the mayor ordered a Jewish registry to be drawn up listing the town’s Jewish residents, Santos stated. The move was allegedly to keep note of tourism in the small town, but the Jewish community became wary. The abuse has turned from incitement to anti-Semitic violence in a matter of weeks.

“They uploaded photos of [Adolf] Hitler to a website about the Jews in town, saying they will put us in cremation ovens,” he said. “Fifteen days ago, a group of teenagers who has read the website came up to us and began throwing stones at us.”

A policeman later joined the attack, he said, along with several adults. Santos and others eventually managed to call the National Civil Police on the attackers – but he said it only made things worse.

“The next day, the website was filled with anti-Semitic slurs and horrible pictures,” he said. “Several of us wanted to flee that night, because we heard that there was talk of preparing a lynching.”

Less than 24 hours later, several children began stoning a group of women in the Jewish community, shouting “You killed Jesus!” Then one of them through an amateur explosive device.

Community representatives immediately demanded an urgent meeting with the mayor after the incidents – but the situation only worsened.

“They asked us to get out of town because they said that we kidnap children, and then added to the fire by saying the town would be invaded by Jews,” he said. “At the meeting, a lady presented 300 alleged signatures, asking us to leave the village,” he added.

“This is discrimination,” Santos lamented. “The town is dissatisfied with our presence here.”

“They say that the problem is the way we dress, but the parish priest is dressed like us [in black and white],” he continued. “They say we want to steal away their culture and their heritage, but we do not walk from door to door trying to get people to join us. We have not even purchased any land here.”

Santos and other community members have sought help from human rights organizations, allegedly to no avail. In the meantime, Santos is sad at the prospect of having to leave.

“My children grew up here,” he said. “This has been our home for six years.”

Santos noted that not everyone is to blame.

“Many people do not want us to leave, and have come to ask us not to leave,” he noted. “The fathers of my children’s friends, for example. They are Christian people, who live by their values. Some even said jokingly that San Juan Bautista, the patron saint of the town, is Jewish, and if we are kicked out he would also have to leave.”

Justifying anti-Semitism

The mayor of San Juan La Laguna, Rodolfo López, told Prensa Libre that the eviction order is 100% justified. He has given the Jewish community 45 days to leave.

“People have been waiting for a month and a half for them to leave town,” he claimed. “This is the people’s will. A mayor is only the referee.”

He refused to discuss the incidents.

“Everyone can denounce what [or whom] he wants and is not my job to determine if it is true or not,” he said.

He added that he cannot forbid anyone to visit the village, as long as they abide by Guatemalan law. But he simply that the Jews were going against “local custom,” saying that he “explains how the customs of Guatemala work.”

“When they buy something, they ask us to put in on the table or the floor,” he said. [Editor’s note: this very likely could be as a result of shomer negia, the Jewish laws against members of the opposite gender touching.] “The people of San Juan must abide by local custom.”

“If I go to America, I must adopt the ways of the gringo,” he added. The future of the Jewish community will be discussed in a month, he said. But for now, the entire community hangs in the balance, waiting for the shoe of an anti-Semitic municipality to drop.

23 May 2014

Antonio Iovine, known as the Casalesi mafia clan’s “finance minister,” has turned state witness in a move a top anti-mafia journalist says will “make the political and business world tremble.”

Iovine has begun talking to investigators about his leading role in the Camorra mafia’s Casalesi clan, from the Caserta area of southern Italy, La Repubblica reported on Thursday.

The mafia boss was one of the clan’s leading figureheads and spent 14 years on the run before his arrest in November 2010.

The 49-year-old had been sentenced in absentia to 20 years and six months in prison for his role in the Casalesi clan, presiding over the mafia’s business interests in areas such as cocaine trafficking.

Authorities first saw signs that he may turn state witness in August 2011, but it was not until this month that Iovine first began talking, La Repubblica said. In early May, he began to recount his lengthy past in the criminal underworld, at which point he was transferred from tough conditions in the Sardinia’s Nuoro prison and put under protection.

Since Iovine turned state witness, his 45-year-old wife, Enrichetta Avallone, and his 25-year-old son, Oreste Iovine, have also joined a protection programme for their safety.

Iovine’s Casalesi clan is involved in a litany of crimes, including cocaine trafficking, money laundering through the construction industry and infiltrating public funds, according to a 2013 report by the EU’s law enforcement agency Europol.

As one of the leaders of the Casalesi, Iovine will be able to testify about deals done with Italian politicians, public administration workers, business owners and others who have colluded with the Camorra mafia.

“The collaboration of the Camorra boss Antonio Iovine with police will make the Italian political and business world tremble,” Roberto Saviano, a journalist and author of the book Gomorrah, which detailed the mafia’s workings and earned him death threats, wrote in a comment piece for La Repubblica.

Saviano said Iovine’s decision to turn state witness was unprecedented in the Camorra mafia and “could change everything”.

“The news risk changing the acquaintances between business people and organized crime forever; not only in Campania [region], not only in Italy.

“He knows everything,” Saviano said.