Why the Laud quarry, ‘mass grave’ for DDS victims, haunts Lascañas
When a death squad maintained by the mayor of the Philippines’ largest city goes on a killing spree, where do they bury the bodies?
For their biggest dumping ground – where hitmen had confessed to having buried thousands – the notorious Davao Death Squad (DDS) had a six-hectare quarry owned by policeman Bienvenido Laud in Barangay Ma-a.
In an affidavit submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in October 2020, a copy of which was obtained by Rappler, former DDS insider Arturo Lascañas detailed how the Laud quarry had become a “mass grave” for persons whom then-mayor Rodrigo Duterte had ordered them to kill.
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