The Department of Justice (DOJ) has directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to coordinate with the International Police Organization (Interpol) in its hunt for retired policeman Arturo Lascañas.
Lascanas flew to Singapore in April after he testified at the Senate that President Rodrigo Duterte was the head of the Davao Death Squad.
The former police officer was charged with frustrated murder and murder in connection with the attacks that led to the death of radio broadcaster Juan Porras “Jun” Pala in 2003. Judge Retrina Fuentes of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 10 a warrant for Lascañas’ arrest on June 5.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd ordered NBI Director Dante Gierran to determine the whereabouts of Lascañas.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th immediately accused Aguirre of harassing Lascañas.
“This is a clear harassment of those who testify against Duterte,” Trillanes said in a statement.
“Inuna na nila inipit si Matobato, ngayon naman ay si Lascañas. Kaya patunay rin ito na nagsasabi ng totoo silang dalawa (They first went after Matobato, now they are going after Lascañas. This only goes to show that the two of them are telling the truth),” the senator said.
He was referring to Edgar Matobato who also testified at the Senate and claimed to be a member of the Davao Death Squad. Matobato said Duterte paid them to kill drug personalities, criminals and political enemies of the former Davao mayor.
Jomar Canlas and Jaime R. Pilapil