After just one session: Senate shuts down DDS inquiry

  • Senate closed probe on DDS after just one session
  • Lacson scored Lascañas, said his claims rehashed and doubtful
  • He also said his testimony has no probative value, cannot be used against Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – After just one session, the much-ballyhooed re-investigation on the Davao Death Squad has been closed.

Citing his reason, Sen. Ping Lacson — head of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs — said they decided to shut down the probe since self-confessed hitman Arturo Lascañas’s claims were rehashed and doubtful.

“We adjourned it kasi wala naman kaming nakita eh. Wala na. Ano pang pipigain mo? Nasabi na lahat,” GMA News quoted him as saying. “Nagdududa kami sa kanya ngayon. Kung tatanungin n’yo ko ‘alin ba ang totoo?’ Hindi ko alam, nagdududa din ako.”

[We adjourned it because we couldn’t see anything at all. There’s nothing new. What else can you squeeze out of him? Everything’s been said. We are doubting him now. If you ask me ‘which is the truth?’ then I wouldn’t know because I’m also doubting.]

The senator pointed out even Lascañas himself would doubt his own testimony if he was the one asking the questions.

“Maliwanag ang sagot ni Lascañas, ‘magdududa’ siya. So, hindi niya masisisi ang mga senador na nagdududa lahat, hindi ba?” he said.

[Lascañas’ answer was clear: He would raise doubts. So he cannot blame someone doubting his testimonies, right?]

Lacson also said Lascañas’s testimony was basically worthless and can’t be used to pin down President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Unang-una, meron siyang immunity from suit. Pangalawa, hindi naman puwede gamitin, walang probative value ‘yung so saan mo gagamitin? Ano sasagutin ng Pangulo?” he said.

[First of all, he has immunity from suit. Second, it can’t be used because it has no probative value so where will you use that? How will the President respond?]