- Senator told former policeman not to rely on testimony alone in pinning Duterte
- He advised Lascañas to present other proof, else he’s just wasting the Senate’s time
- He also chided Lascañas, said he could’ve spilled all on Duterte in previous admin
MANILA, Philippines – Not on words alone.
Sen. Ping Lacson had this to say to Arturo Lascañas as he told the self-confessed hitman to present other solid proof of President Rodrigo Duterte’s involvement with the so-called Davao Death Squad.
Lacson, head of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, advised self-confessed hitman to present evidence other than his oral testimonies if he really wants to pin Duterte down; otherwise, he would just be wasting the time of the Senate.
“Ang maipapayo ko lamang kay SPO3 Lascañas, kung ang layunin ng iyong ‘extra-judicial confession’ ay mapanagot sa ilalim ng batas si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte at iba pang personalidad, marapat lamang na maliban sa iyong salaysay, may maipakita ka pang bukod at ibang ebidensya,” GMA News quoted him as telling the retired policeman. “Kung wala ay maaaring masayang lamang ang oras ng mga tao dito dahil baka walang kahihinathan ang isinasagawa nating pagdinig sa araw na ito laban sa sinumang mga taong idinadawit mo.”
[The only advice I can give to SPO3 Lascañas, if the objective of your extra-judicial confession is to make President Rodrigo Duterte and other personalities accountable under the law, it’s only right that aside from your narrative, you can present other evidence. If not, then you will just be wasting the time of the people because our hearing where you implicate them is useless.]
Lacson also chided Lascañas for coming out now when he could’ve spilled all under the previous administration when Duterte was still not in power.
“Dapat noon ka pa lumabas noong nag-spiritual renewal at hindi pa delikado ang pamilya o, iba pa ang presidente noon. Dapat lumapit ka kay Senator Grace Poe or Vice President Jojo Binay or President Aquino kung talagang nagka-spiritual renewal ka. Hindi nag-add up,” he said.
[You should have come out when you were still undergoing a spiritual renewal and your family was not in danger, the president was still someone else. You should have approached Senator Grace Poe or Vice President Jojo Binay or President Aquino if you really had a spiritual renewal. It does not add up.]