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Arturo Lascañas left PH to seek asylum? Probably in the US

Lumayas na pala si Lascanas. Sabado night. Fear for his safety daw.

Eh di ba sabi niya na he is willing to die to tell the truth? Anyare?

The news is from Inquirer, na sinamahan si Lascanas paalis.

This is the news bit. (All parentheses are my annotations, I mean, bitchy side comments.)
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Davao Death Squad witness Arturo Lascañas leaves PH for safety

By: Nikko Dizon - Reporter / @NikkoDizonINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 03:14 PM April 09, 2017

Retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas, relaxed and well-rested, talks to the Inquirer on Sunday morning (Apr. 9, 2017) at the dining area of a rented place in an undisclosed location, which for now he has to call home.

(ME: WHO PAID FOR HIS TICKETS AND DOWNPAYMENT/ADVANCE FOR HIS RENT? ABER)

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION — Arturo Lascañas, the self-confessed member of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) who implicated President Duterte in the group’s grisly executions, silently left the Philippines on Saturday night.

“I have received threats that a lawsuit would be filed against me, and there are also people looking for me as well,” Lascañas told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

(ME: LAWSUIT LANG LAYAS KA KAAGAD? SINO NAMAN ANG MAGHAHANAP SA IYO? AS IF.)

Lascañas said the moment he received these pieces of information, it dawned on him that it was better to leave the country “for the time being.”
(ME: YAN ANG GUSTO KO SA INYONG MGA TAGA LP. ANG TAPANG NINYO. TAKBO AGAD. SI LASCANAS ANG PINAKA LUGING INVESTMENT NG LP KASI WALANG MAY NANIWALA.)

As a security measure, the retired policeman requested the Philippine Daily Inquirer to withhold his whereabouts, even if the Philippine government certainly knew by then where he was because he properly filled out his immigration form.

(ME: MAY COMPLETE ADDRESS BA ANG IMMIGRATION FORM? FROM HIS DESTINATION, BAWAL NA BA LUMIPAT AT MAG FLY TO ANOTHER LOCATION? KUNYARI PA BRAVE SA PAGSIWALAT KUNG NASAAN.)

The INQUIRER asked Lascañas if he left because he took on the President, simply the most powerful man in the country.

(ME: NAKS SA PAG STRESS SA "SIMPLY THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE COUNTRY." PARA ANO, STUDY OF CONTRASTS BETWEEN POOR, TERRIFIED LASCANAS AND DUTERTE THE POWERFUL? PARANG HINDI SI DUTERTE ANG POWERFUL. PRESIDENTE SIYA PERO DI SIYA KASING POWERFUL NG MGA OLIGARKIYANG NAGPAPATAKBO SA INYO.)

“I’m not confronting him. I was just telling the truth, the whole truth about the killings in Davao, (and about) my involvement, because I want to have a clean conscience,” Lascañas said.

(ME: CLEAN CONSCIENCE O CLEAN KIDNEY? CLEAN KIDNEY! KA CHING KA CHING KA CHING)

In February, Lascañas made a stunning turnaround from his statements last year at a Senate investigation where he denied involvement in the DDS, as well as allegations made by another self-confessed DDS member, Edgar Matobato.

(ME: NEGOSYO LUGI KAY LASCANAS. WALANG CREDIBILIDAD. WEHHHH WEHHH WEEEHHH)

Lascañas admitted to lying when he first appeared at the Senate, saying he did so out of fear for his family’s safety.

(ME; WHERE'S YOUR FAMILY AGAIN? TOTOO PO BA NA OUT OF THE COUNTRY NA SILA BAGO KA BUMALIKTAD? TOTOOO BAHHHHHH)

In his press conference on Feb. 20, Lascañas accused President Duterte of organizing the DDS to kill petty criminals and his enemies in Davao City. He was then assisted by his lawyers from the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) led by its national chairman Jose Manuel Diokno, and supported by opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

From then on, Lascañas had been provided safe haven by a number of supporters, some of whom helped him in his flight out of the country over the weekend.

(ME: KUNYARI PA KAYO. MATAGAL NANG MAY NAG AANTAY NA "SAFE HAVEN." SUPER DIKTADOR SI DUTERTE ANO? HINAHAYAANG MAKALABAS NG BUHAY ANG MGA "WITNESSES?" WOW, WHAT A MAGIC.)

Malacañang had denied the allegations Lascañas made, saying these were part of the plan to “destroy the President and topple his administration.”
Briefly on Saturday, Lascañas thought he would not be able to leave.

(ME: EH PERO NAKAALIS PA RIN, SO ANO ITO, DRAMATICS? PAMPAHABA NG ARTICLE)

He had to wait for around 15 minutes at the airport immigration before his passport was stamped.

(ME: ANG SWERTE NAMAN 15 MINUTES LANG. CLINECLEAR LANG NA WALANG KASO. WAWANG LASCANAS.)

“They didn’t talk to me. They just told me to take a seat. They didn’t tell me why,” Lascañas said of the immigration officers.
(ME: GANON TALAGA.)

One of them told the INQUIRER that they had no reason to prevent him from leaving. (The Inquirer took the same flight with Lascañas.)
They just had to “inform” the Bureau of Immigration headquarters that an Arturo Lascañas was at one of the immigration counters.
(ME: AND THE POINT OF USING THE "QUOTES" IS?)

“The immigration staff were actually polite and even apologetic,” Lascañas said, adding however, that the immigration officer took note of his full itinerary.

He was confident that he should be allowed to leave because he had no hold departure order. He was not even on the immigration watchlist.
On Sunday morning at a rented place, which for now he would call home, Lascañas looked well rested and relaxed.

(ME: IF I HAD--REPORTEDLY LANG NAMAN--- MILLIONS IN THE BANK I WOULD BE RELAXED AND RESTED TOO. ISIPIN MO, DRAMA DRAMA LANG NG KONTI, ABROAD AGAD, BAGONG BUHAY, PLUS MAY PABAON PA. SHEREP.)

With his companions and the INQUIRER, Lascañas went out to walk around his new neighborhood and to have brunch.
(ME: NAKS, BRUNCH. LASCANAS WILL NOW OFFICIALLY BE A STEPFORD WIFE.)

This was the first time in two months that he was able to walk some distance, and without tight security, he said. Lascañas and his companions navigated their way with pure joy.

(ME; WE ARE SO GLAD YOU NOW EXPERIENCE THE PURE JOY BROUGHT ABOUT BY SUCH WEALTH... OF EXPERIENCE.)

To be unafraid was exhilarating for them.

This was his very first time to be out of the Philippines, and Lascañas said he had mixed feelings about it.

“Siempre masaya dahil na-allow ako makaalis. Malungkot naman dahil first time ko nakaalis. Siempre kahit papano, mahal natin ang bansa natin,” Lascañas said.

(ME: WAIT WHAT?! FIRST TIME OUT OF THE COUNTRY?!!! PERO SABI NINYO ANG LAKI NG BAYAD NI DUTERTE SA INYO NG MGA PULIS KAYO. MAGKANO ULIT? 100,000 A MONTH PLUS YUNG MGA EXTRA PER KILL? SAN NAPUNTA, EH MAHIRAP PA DIN NAMAN KAYO SA DAVAO, WALA NAMAN KAYONG MAGARANG BAHAY, AT MOST IMPORTANTLY, DI MAN LANG KAYO NAKAPAG HONG KONG?! O, ANG KURIPOT NAMAN PALA MAGBIGAY SI DUTERTE PER KILL.)

With his handkerchief, Lascañas, a man who admitted to have killed hundreds on orders of then Mayor Duterte, wiped away the tears that rolled down his cheeks.

(ME: MAY TOPAK NA ATA ITONG SI LASCANAS. WALKING AROUND HIS NEIGHBORHOOD--WITH PURE JOY, KAMO--WHILE WIPING THE TEARS THAT ROLLED DOWN HIS CHEEKS. ANE BE TELEGE, KUYA)

Lascañas knew it would take a long time before he could return to the Philippines.

“I am sure, I might either be jailed or killed. It’s just one of the two possibilities. But for me, I know God has a plan and that would be my destiny for telling the truth. I have accepted that,” Lascañas said.

(ME: SANA LANG DI KA IPAPATAY DIYAN NG MGA TAONG ALAM KUNG NASAAN KA. PAPATAHIMIKIN KA DAHIL SA ALAM MO. PARANG LALAKING NANGANGABIT LANG YAN: KUNG PUWEDE MO TRAYDURIN SI DUTERTE, ALAM NILANG PUWEDE MO RIN SILA TRAYDURIN. KAYA GOOD LUCK SA YO KUYA.)

Being human, he said, he also haD fears and uncertainties. “But all that will be overcome by one’s faith. To me, God is my guide. I know (God) will not abandon me,” Lascañas said. SFM

(ME: YUNG MGA PARING KASING TRAYDOR MO, MAHILIG DIN MAG TAKE NG NAME OF GOD IN VAIN. PUSH NYO YAN.)

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