Retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas apologized to the media and the Senate on Monday for lying when he appeared in media last month, saying he was just told by another retired police officer to “lie everything” about the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS).
“First, I’d like to ask for an apology and understanding of what I had said when I was invited (by) this honorable committee,” Lascañas told the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs.
“When we were here, my companions and my core group, especially retired SP04 Sonny Buenaventura… and the rest were with me. And one Superintendent Antonio Rivera advised me not to attend the hearing,” Lascañas said.
But he said he told Rivera that the Senate might issue a warrant of arrest against him.
Lascañas said Buenaventura then told him to lie his knowledge about the DDS if he would be forced to testify in the Senate.
“If ever you are forced to present yourself, tell a lie for everything. That’s the instruction of SPO4 Sonny Buenaventura and I said: “Yes of course,’” he said.
So when he appeared in the February 23 hearing of the justice committee on alleged extrajudicial killings in the country, Lascañas admitted the existence of the DDS.
Disclaimer: Contributed articles does not reflect the view of Okd2.com. This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. No part of this article maybe reproduced without permission from this website.