Death squad against NPA assassins will be studied closely: defense chief

“We will study it very closely. Who will compose it, who will supervise it, who will be the targets? Who will be accountable? Because there is great danger of abuse or mistakes in these undercover operations,” National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement after President Rodrigo Duterte said he is eyeing to form a death squad against NPA assassins.

Lorenzana explained that there should be a proper vetting process and accountability in case of mistakes in identifying targets.

“Baka kamukha lang o ininguso ng ibang tao [‘yung target]. One way to prevent this is for someone higher up to give the go signal after careful and thorough vetting. Dapat walang blanket authority yung mga operatives,” Lorenzana said.

President Duterte, on November 27, said “one of these days, I’ll be forced also to create my own sparrow.”

“I’m trying to make peace with them [communists], ayaw nila. Tapos pinagpapatay ‘yung mga pulis pati sundalo ko,” he said. “Ah ‘di – ngayon ang kulang talaga is ang sparrow ko rin. Iyan lang man – diyan lang man sila makalamang. Sa bukid (bundok), fight man ‘yan. So mag-create ako ng sparrow. Duterte Death Squad against the sparrow.”