Oct. 8, 2016, marks 100 days since President Rodrigo Duterte swore to Filipinos that he would eradicate drugs, crime and corruption, among other lofty promises. The Inquirer continues to track whether change is truly coming to the Philippines, with more special reports and site features stretched until the end of the year.
The Free Legal Aid Group has taken on the case of retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas, who has admitted to having been the leader of the Davao Death Squad. In a previous hearing at the Senate, Lascañas denied the existence of the group. But in a news conference on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, he said the group did exist and even implicated President Rodrigo Duterte, whom he said paid to have people killed when he was still Davao City mayor. Lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno, FLAG chairman, relates the circumstances of the retired cop’s turnaround.