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[NEWSBREAK CHATS] Playing gods in Davao: Duterte’s death squad, Quiboloy’s kingdom

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There’s a side to Davao that had long existed, but which the rest of the Philippines didn't know about until the city mayor became president. On Thursday, December 16, at 4 pm, catch the discussion live on how Rappler has unraveled President Duterte’s turf.

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There is a side to Davao that had long existed, but which the rest of the Philippines didn’t know about until the city mayor became president.

Months before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends, Rappler unravels his turf in investigations that lead to him and to close associates who have had an influence on him.

Former Davao City cop and self-confessed gunman Arturo “Arthur” Lascañas submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) a new affidavit detailing how Duterte ordered extrajudicial killings of criminals, as well as people who could possibly expose the drug links of his friend and later economic adviser, Michael Yang.

The ICC has granted Lascañas limited immunity – meaning, the crimes he confessed to wouldn’t be used as evidence against him – as it investigates Duterte’s nationwide drug war, which clearly follows the pattern of killings in Davao City when he was mayor. 

Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Davao City-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ was indicted over sex trafficking charges in the United States. The allegations of sexual abuse and fraud contained in the indictment documents are corroborated by ex-KOJC members who spoke with Rappler about the trauma that they still carry many years after leaving the organization.

On Thursday, December 16, Newsbreak, the investigative arm of Rappler, will discuss its latest series, THE LASCAÑAS AFFIDAVIT | ‘I killed for Duterte’ and THE CASE VS QUIBOLOY | Years of alleged abuse, fraud catch up with Davao preacher.

Joining investigative editor Miriam Grace A. Go will be Rappler managing editor Chay Hofileña, head of regions Inday Espina-Varona, Mindanao bureau coordinator Herbie Gomez, and Malacañang reporter Pia Ranada. – Rappler.com

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