There is a "clear" effort to destabilize the Duterte administration with the turn-around made by retired policeman Arturo Lascañas, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Sunday.
Lacson, chairman of the Senate committee on public order, said this was "obvious" in how Lascañas and his "handlers" have been making sure the allegations of President Rodrigo Duterte's involvement in the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS) would be heard by a wider audience.
"[They're] doing the rounds. Napaka-obvious... Anong purpose? Bakit palipat-lipat siya sa media, doing interviews? May live, may taped as live," he told radio dzBB. "Malinaw na talagang [ginawa ito] para ma-destabilize 'yung panguluhan. Inuugoy, eh. Parang niyuyugyog."
"Obvious na 'yung audience ay ang Filipino people, if not the international community, 'yung mga international bodies like human rights groups. 'Yun ang ino-audience nila. Malinaw 'yon, maski itanggi nila, 'di naman tayo pinanganak kahapon para 'di mabasa. Malinaw na may kasamang destabilization itong effort na 'to with Lascañas," he added.
Last month, the former Davao policeman made a "public confession"—with the assistance of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV—accusing the President of ordering killings when he was mayor of Davao City.
Trillanes had repeatedly denied that he is involved in efforts to oust Duterte. He had said that there was no need to move for the President's ouster because he is already "self-destructing."
Lascañas had claimed that Duterte paid up to P100,000 per target he wanted killed.
This confession came months after he appeared before a joint hearing on extrajudicial killings, where he denied the existence of the DDS, refuting claims of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato.
Lascañas repeated these claims at the Senate hearing last Monday, where he apologized to the senators and claimed he was "forced" to lie. The committee ended the inquiry after the hearing.
Lacson said he didn't see that Lascañas was afraid at last Monday's hearing, as his camp had claimed.
"Wala namang pagbabago sa demeanor niya... I can speak for myself being the chairman, walang nagbago sa demeanor niya [between the two hearings]—parehong spontaneous, parehong cool na cool, parehong straight-faced. Wala kaming nabanaagan sa kaniya na natatakot," he said.
The senator also noted how Lascañas had lost credibility because he had lied, saying the new testimony would have been powerful if it was revealed in the first hearing.
Lacson also said that the retired cop's camp should go ahead if they wanted to bring the matter before the International Criminal Court.
"Mas maganda pa ngang ganu'n na ang gawin nila. 'Wag na nilang bulabugin 'yung Senado," he said. "Marami namang venue, maraming forum, marami ka pang puwedeng dulugan ng iyong mga sinasabi kung totoo 'yan."
"Ngayon, kung gusto niyang dumulog sa international court, karapatan niya 'yan. Kung papakinggan siya. 'Di ko naman masasabi kung papakinggan siya, pero mas maganda pa ngang doon na sila dumulog," he added.
Source: MSN News