Palace cries foul over
Reuters report on QCPD's ‘Davao Boys’
MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday cried foul over a Reuters special
report on the anti-drug unit of a Quezon City police station that has been
alleged to be the most deadly in terms of killing drug personalities in
The report depicts how a small group of police officers from President
Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown Davao arrived in the Philippine capital and,
calling themselves "Davao Boys," formed the core of a lethal anti-drug unit
that has allegedly racked up an impressive number of body count in the
administration's war against illegal drugs.
In a text message to reporters, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr.
assailed the report as “foul” pointing out that Reuters did not wait for
Malacañang's side before publishing the article.
“That was a foul report. (The) reporter demanded out version within the hour
at 11 a.m. yesterday (Tuesday). We said we couldn’t (because) of our
briefing,” he said.
Roque holds regular Palace briefings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at
“So that story did not get our side. No comment to one-sided story,” Roque
According to the Reuters report, Quezon City Police District (QCPD Station 6
was the most deadly among Quezon City's 12 police stations.
Based on the QCPD crime reports reviewed and analyzed by Reuters, its
officers were alleged to have killed 108 people in anti-drug operations from
July 2016 through June 2017, the campaign's first year, accounting for 39
percent of the city's body count.
"Almost all of these killings were carried out by Station 6's anti-drug
unit, the reports show," the report said.
"The officers who formed the core of that unit hailed from or near Davao,
the southern hometown of President Duterte. They called themselves the 'Davao
Boys’ - and spoke in the region’s language, Visayan," it added.
Reuters claimed that Malacañang and the Philippine National Police (PNP) had
not replied to questions from Reuters at the time of publication.
The article was published at the Reuters website on December 19, 2017 at 1