- Senator lukewarm to investigating self-confessed DDS hitman again
- He said he already had his day in the Senate, added it would be a waste of time
- He also told Lascañas to file a case against Duterte in court if he feels his evidence is strong
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon closed the door on any possible re-investigation of the so-called Davao Death Squad amid self-confessed hitman Arthur Lascañas’s reappearance and retraction of his earlier testimonies.
Gordon said Lascañas has had his chance in the last probe to tell the truth. With his retraction, that puts his integrity into question.
“He has already appeared before the Senate and he said the Davao [Death] Squad did not exist…and therefore why should I call the committee again? How would I know if he is telling the truth this time?” GMA News quoted him as saying. “We are not gonna go back to the Senate and say ‘we are gonna investigate again’ just because he has said something and now he is saying another something.”
The senator added that Lascañas should just file a case against President Rodrigo Duterte in court instead if he feels he has a strong case.
“As far as I’m concerned, we’re done with that. If they feel that they really have evidence against the Davao Death Squad, they should go to court,” he said.
The senator also questioned the timing of Lascañas’s re-appearance which happened days after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a fresh batch of drug raps against Sen. Leila de Lima.
“I don’t know what’s happening with the De Lima case but it has been said that she is gonna be arrested today and all of a sudden, there are a couple of successive statements made by certain personalities that are really highfalutin,” he said. “I don’t think we should waste the time of the Senate anymore because these are strange times, people suddenly change their minds, specially on crucial times.”