Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday (June 5) denounced the submitting of charges towards retired SPO3 Arturo “Arthur” Lascañas in reference to the killing of journalist Jun Pala saying that the transfer is barely geared toward silencing the self-confessed hitman from testifying towards President Duterte in any authorized discussion board.
“This is a clear case of legal harassment and abuse of authority by the Duterte administration,” Trillanes stated, noting public confession made by Lascañas
within the Senate in addition to in signed affidavit naming the President because the one who supposedly him to plot the assassination of the Davao-based journalist.
The senator questioned the motives behind the submitting by the Davao City prosecutors’ workplace of murder and annoyed murder charges towards Lascañas on the Pala case.
Trillanes stated that if the Davao prosecutors merely relied on the Lascañas’ testimony within the Senate, then they need to know that it was not him who murdered Palace as his confession confirmed that he was solely previous of those that deliberate Pala’s assassination with the President, then nonetheless Davao City mayor, a sure Sonny Buenaventura and Jim Tan as co-conspirators.
“They should have been charged as well,” the senator identified.
In a press convention on the Senate final Feb. 20 the place he recanted his denials on his involvement with the Davao Death Squad (DDS), Lascañas stated it was Tan who provided him with hitmen.
Tan alleged to have tapped Davao insurgent returnees Valentin Duhilag, Roland Duhilag, Allan Duhilag and an alias Joy.
“After a hearing conducted by the Senate on Lascañas’ admissions, Duterte allies were quick to dismiss his testimony and conclude that he is not credible and now, the Davao City prosecutor’s office is filing charges against him based on the same testimony. Worse, the people behind this did not even allow the case to go through due process by not letting him submit his counter affidavit allegedly because of returned subpoenas,” Trillanes.
“It was widely reported in the media that Lascañas was already abroad in early April so why didn’t the prosecutor notify instead the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) since it was listed as the lawyer representing him in his affidavit and during the hearing?” he requested.