Warning of a possible perjury case because of changing testimonies, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said yesterday retired police officer Arthur Lascañas would have another chance to tell his story on the existence of a Davao death squad (DDS), once the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs sits down to listen to his claims.
Lacson, who chairs the committee, clarified that the Senate hearing would not be a reopening of the inquiry conducted by the committee on justice and human rights on extrajudicial killings.
Lacson said it would be a new hearing based on the new revelations made by Lascañas in a press conference held at the Senate last Monday.
Sources said some senators allied with President Duterte had tried to stop the planned Senate inquiry into Lascañas’ new allegations, but more senators, in a closed-door meeting called by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, decided to go on with the inquiry.
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