Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is assured self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) member, retired policeman Arturo Lascanas, won’t ever get political asylum abroad.
“If Arturo Lascanas will be able get an asylum, he will be evading the penal consequences of a criminal act to which he admitted to doing,” Aguirre mentioned in a assertion.
Aguirre was reacting to a assertion made by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who mentioned Lascanas, who flew in another country final April eight, may need secured political asylum.
Trillanes had responded to Aguirre’s transfer to search the Interpol’s assist to arrest the fugitive Lascanas with this comment: “As to the Interpol, how sure is Aguirre that Lascanas is not yet on refugee status in another country?”
Aguirre mentioned that Trillanes was sending a “very wrong message” by endorsing Lascanas’ asylum bid.
“Senator Trillanes should be very careful about his pronouncements that there is a possibility that Arturo Lascanas, the discredited witness he presented before the Senate may have obtained political asylum abroad,” mentioned Aguirre.
“It sends a very wrong message to the Filipino people that a person charged with murder and who has several warrants of arrest issued against him by the proper court can escape criminal liability by the mere expediency of seeking an asylum abroad,” he added.
Lascanas testified earlier than the Senate that he dedicated mass killings alegedly upon the orders of then Davao City mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte together with considered one of his critics, broadcaster Jun Pala. Duterte denied these allegations.
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