Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has urged retired policeman Arturo Lascanas to return to the Philippines and face the charges towards him in court docket.
“If he believes in his innocence then he should welcome his arrest as a chance for him to clear his name and get on with his life,” he stated in a press release.
“However, if he is guilty, we cannot tolerate his continuing flight,” he confused.
Lascanas fled to Singapore final April eight earlier than the Davao City regional trial court docket (RTC) issued on June 5 warrants for his arrest in reference to the death of broadcaster Jun Pala.
“As it is said, when a crime goes unpunished, the world is unbalanced and the heavens will look down on us in shame,” Aguirre stated.
“We cannot allow it. We will be remiss in our duty. We are equally guilty if we do so,” he defined.
Lascanas has confessed earlier than the Senate of being a member of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) and that he personally took orders to kill from then Davao City mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte.
He stated amongst these he killed was Pala who has been a vocal critic of Duterte.