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Senators end Trillanes' senate circus after panel finds Lascañas' credibility doubtful

The Senate committee on public order has decided to end its inquiry on the confession of a former cop Arturo "Arthur" Lascañas. Lascañas has confessed to have killed at least 200 criminals in his stint as a police in Davao City.

Public order committe head Senator Panfilo Lacson said Lascañas' confession has "no probative value," and left to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to pursue their own investigation.

"We adjourned it kasi wala naman kaming nakita eh. Wala na. Ano pang pipigain mo? Nasabi na lahat," Lacson told reporters in an interview.

"Nagdududa kami sa kanya ngayon. Kung tatanungin niyo ko 'alin ba ang totoo?' Hindi ko alam, nagdududa din ako," Lacson added.

Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, PNP-Region 11 police director, said during the hearing that they will look into the killings mentioned. He admitted that it was the first time they heard about the details of the cases Lascañas narrated.

Lascañas made a complete turnaround from an earlier testimony he made in October. Back then, he denied the existence of the DDS.

Last month, however, he executed an affidavit and made a public confession, saying the DDS exists and that he was, in fact, a "major player." He also said President Rodrigo Duterte, former mayor of Davao City, paid up to P100,00 per target.

Lascañas narrated before the committee the alleged killings he was personally involved in including that of radio broadcaster Jun Pala, and the Patasaja family.
The former cop said he lied under oath last year because he was "forced" to do so. He said he chose to tell the truth now because of a "spiritual renewal."

Senator Manny Pacquiao, a staunch ally of Duterte, doubted Lascañas' claims and insinuated that he was paid to speak against the President.

Pacquiao, at one point during the hearing, moved to cite Lascañas in contempt, but withdrew the said motion after objections from his colleagues.

Lacson said the committee will recommend perjury raps against Lascañas when he comes up with the report, and likewise propose a bill that would increase the penalties for perjury.

He said there is no need for President Duterte to answer the "extrajudicial confession" made by Lascañas.

"Unang una, meron siyang immunity from suit. Pangalawa, hindi naman pwede gamitin, walang probative value yung so saan mo gagamitin? Ano sasagutin ng Pangulo?" Lacson said.

During the hearing, Lascañas claimed personally killing up to 200 people when he was with the DDS.

Senators end Trillanes' senate circus after panel finds Lascañas' credibility doubtful Senators end Trillanes' senate circus after panel finds Lascañas' credibility doubtful Reviewed by Raelyn Luchansky on 9:58:00 AM Rating: 5

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