Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday (June 13) slammed Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II’s directives to seek out retired SPO3 Arturo “Arthur” Lascanas.
The transfer, he stated, is clearly geared toward intimidating and harassing these out to testify towards President Duterte and his alleged wrongdoings in the previous.
“Inuna na nilang inipit si (Edgar) Matobato, ngayon naman ay si Lascanas. Kaya patunay rin ito na nagsasabi ng totoo silang dalawa,” he stated in an announcement.
Matobato, a self-confessed murderer who claimed to be a member of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) recognized Lascanas as their crew chief and described him as somebody very near Duterte relationship again throughout the Chief Executive was nonetheless Davao City mayor.
Lascanas, who has already fled the nation after testifying in the Senate and implicated Duterte in quite a few abstract killings in Davao City lengthy earlier than he grew to become president, is now topic of a manhunt by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the International Police Organization (INTERPOL).
Aguirre issued the directive a Lascanas is now topic of arrest warrant by the Davao City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 for the homicide of broadcaster Jun Pala in September 2003.