Duterte eyes bigger bounty for alleged car thief

Posted at 10/30/12 8:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is not affected by the criticisms against him after he offered a P5-million bounty for the severed head of an alleged car theft gang leader in the city.

Duterte said he is even planning to add P1 million to the reward money for the head of Ryan "Baktin" Yu if only to hasten the latter's arrest and end car theft incidents in the city.

The regional Highway Patrol Group, meanwhile, refused to divulge any information on the ongoing police operation to capture Yu. It also did not comment to reports that Yu is already out of the country.

Philippine National Police Spokesperson Generoso Cerbo, meanwhile, said the PNP does not support Duterte's manner of capturing criminals and his brand of justice.

Duterte, who became Davao City mayor in 1998, has been accused of allowing the operation of the infamous Davao Death Squad which was allegedly behind the deaths of hundreds of criminals in the city.

Commission on Human Rights chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales earlier criticized Duterte for putting up the bounty.

Rosales described Duterte's actions as "totally unjust" and a “gross violation of the law."

“Even notorious criminals have their day in court. It is a violation of due process and presumption of innocence,” she said.