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    Davao City, Philippines

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    Duterte to US: Yes I have ties with vigilante group, just as you have ties with terrorists


    Duterte to US:
    Yes I have ties with vigilante group, just as you have ties with terrorists
    By Ben O. Tesiorna

    DAVAO CITY -- Mayor Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lambasted the United States Government for linking him with the shadowy vigilante group Davao Death Squad (DDS) as per cable report released by the Wikileaks.

    In return, the former city mayor said he suspects the hand of the United States in the twin bombings that hit the city almost a decade ago after the Central Intelligence Agency spirited an injured American who blew himself up with explosives inside his rented hotel room.

    In a Wikileaks's cable release entitled "More vigilante-style killings reported in Davao", http://wikileaks.org/cable/2005/01/05MANILA312, the US Embassy in Manila reported back in 2005 their assumption that Duterte heads the DDS.

    "There have been 26 reported killings of  suspected criminals in Davao City, Mindanao, since the new year began.  Human rights organizations have implicated the "Davao Death Squad," a vigilante group linked with Davao
    Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, in the killings.  Mission has expressed concern to the GRP about the killings in Davao and earlier reports of similar killings in Cebu City.  Amid further incendiary comments by the local mayor, the Philippine National Police (PNP) have begun an investigation into the situation in Cebu.  The latest killings in Davao serve to add to the lethal image that Mayor Duterte has carefully cultivated since coming to office in 1998," stated the alleged US Embassy in the Philippines report to the US State Department back in 2005.

    "To the Americans I would say so be it. That's what you said, that's what you believe, so?," was Duterte's reaction.

    The vice mayor said he does not care what the US government thinks of him just as he does not need their help or opinion on how to run things in his city.

    Thus, Duterte said, he does not want any war exercises to be held in Davao City. It was learned that a joint military exercise between the US and the Philippine Navy is slated to happen in Davao Gulf next year.

    "It's you guys (America) who have problem with Muslim radicals. We Filipinos don't have a fight with our Muslim brothers here. Why do you have to drag us in? That's the reason why I don't want any Balikatan exercise here," Duterte said.


    Duterte said he had a falling out with the American government when agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation spirited one Michael Terrence Meiring out of the city and the country without any approval from the Philippine government.

    Meiring was injured inside the Evergen Hotel here in Davao City in 2002 when there was an explosion inside his rented room. The following day, FBI agents took Meiring out of the hospital and brought him to Singapore before finally going back to America.

    Duterte revealed that no less than the then US ambassador to the Philippines Francis Ricciardone flew in to the city early morning and met with him to express their concern on the Meiring incident.

    "It was early in the morning when Ricciardone flew here and met with me in a hotel here. He assured me then that they will conduct an investigation regarding the Meiring incident. Yet since then, the US government failed to fully explain to me how come they violated our sovereign right to prosecute Meiring who committed a crime here in our city," Duterte narrated.

    Intelligence reports showed that Meiring was a CIA covert operative that had ties with the Muslim militants in the Philippines.

    It was learned that Meiring had been renting the same room in Evergreen Hotel for five years and that he would not allow anybody to be cleaning the said room whenever he is away.

    The explosion inside the hotel room happened in May 2002, and in March 2003 a bomb ripped thru the waiting shed of the old Davao International Airport which was followed a month later by another explosion in the Sasa wharf that resulted to the death of several people and the wounding of hundreds more.

    "When a bomb exploded at the airport and followed by another explosion at the wharf several months after the hotel explosion that injured Meiring, that was when I started suspecting that the US could have had a hand in the said explosions. My suspicion was fueled when a military officer declared in public that the CIA have connections with known terror groups here," Duterte said.

    The twin bombings was however blamed on Muslim separatists members. BOT

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