Sen. Lacson: Senate Hearing Closes Due to SPO3 Lascañas Credibility

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The Senate Public Order Committee Chairman Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson confirmed to the media that the committee sees no need to continue their investigation on the public confession of former Davao City Cop Arthur Lascañas, just six hours after he testified on the alleged killings committed by the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS).

According to Sen. Ping Lacson, SPO3 Lascañas’ testimony has “no probative value,” and that it is now up to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to pursue their own investigation.

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In an interview with GMA News, Sen. Lacson was quoted as saying “We adjourned it kasi wala naman kaming nakita eh. Wala na. Ano pang pipigain mo? Nasabi na lahat,” Sen. Lacson told reporters.

Sen. Lacson added further that “Nagdududa kami sa kanya ngayon. Kung tatanungin niyo ko ‘alin ba ang totoo?’ Hindi ko alam, nagdududa din ako,” Lacson added.

Lascañas made a complete turnaround from an earlier testimony he made in October 2016. During that time he denied the existence of the DDS, however, in his latest affidavit executed, he made a public confession, saying the DDS exists and that he was, in fact, a “major player.”

During the Senate Hearing, SPO3 Lascañas was caught lying by some senators particularly Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Sen. Ping Lacson, Sen. Joel Villanueva and Sen. Tito Sotto.

Some netizens also doubted the statements of Lascañas as they noted that most of the Liberal Party Senators were asking questions that favored the new testimony of Arthur Lascañas.

Source: GMA News

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