Presidential ally Senator Tito Sotto explains his take on the president’s way of getting rid of some government officials. He thinks that Du30 believes in that if there’s smoke, there’s fire. Investigations are under way. Concrete evidence is undertaken to come up with such decisions, he said. The president is tough. That’s a fact. How much more to retired Davao City cop Arturo Lascañas who implicates him in the Davao Death squad? He can only run.
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[VIDEO]: The decision of retired Davao City cop Arturo Lascañas to leave the country amid threats of a lawsuit proves that his allegations against the President are “unfounded,” Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said.
Bad for Government
Sotto said that to allow Lascañas to flee is bad for the government.” He is about to face serious charges yet he can leave,” Sotto said. There’s no worry on Lascañas’ guilt because he admits it. It’s his action to avoid confrontations on his two conflicting testimonies that bothers Sotto. Actually, three if media statements that differ from the first two are included, he noted.
Lascañas Claims are Unfounded
The witness’s departure just shows that his allegations against the president are unfounded, Sotto added. Lascañas, a retired Davao City cop, divulges that the so-called Davao Death Squad or DDS exists. They were allegedly paid up to P100,000 by then city mayor, Du30. The pay varies according to their target. He also admits to had something to do with the killings of almost 200 people that include Jun Pala, a broadcaster.
Lascañas travels to Singapore last Saturday because he receives threats of criminal charges against him. Some people are allegedly looking for him. He says that he either goes to jail or die once he returns home – so it is still a guessing game if he returns or not.
Will He Return?
Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang confirms that Lascañas presents to immigration officers a plane ticket his return flight on April 22 to Manila as required. It remains to be seen if he will really take that flight back or just let it expire.