Perjury charges vs. 'character assasination' of Lascañas - DOJ

DOJ urged to file perjury charges vs. ex-cop Lascañas

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Monday urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to immediately file perjury charges against retired SPO3 Arthur Lascañas for retracting his earlier testimony before a Senate inquiry.

Gatchalian said Lascañas "should be made to pay for the grave disrespect he has shown to this institution."

"The Department of Justice should immediately file perjury charges against retired SPO3 Arthur Lascañas. By admitting to lying under oath before the Senate Justice Committee during the October 2016 hearings on alleged extrajudicial killings, Lascañas has made a mockery of the solemn proceedings of the Senate,” Gatchalian said.

Lascañas testified before the Senate inquiry in October last year on the alleged extrajudicial killings in Davao City, and denied the claim of witness Edgar Matobato that the Davao Death Squad (DDS) exists.  He said the DDS was just a “media hype.”

On Monday, however, Lascañas admitted to be part of the DDS, saying President Rodrigo Duterte, former mayor of Davao City, paid up to P100,000 for each drug suspect killed.

Gatchalian called Lascañas’ confession a narration of “alternative facts.” [Read full: GMA]
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