Watch: Sen Trillanes Says a Catholic Priest Approached Him For Lascanas’ New Statement (Video)
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said this Tuesday, February 21 that a Catholic priest approached him to help SPO3 Arthur Lascañas speak in public to reveal his new statement about the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS), and the alleged involvement of then-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the series of killings. Watch the ABS-CBN News video below.
“There was a priest, a Catholic priest who approached me about this, but you’ll have to understand that I won’t compromise his safety by divulging his name,” Trillanes said in an interview with ANC’s “Dateline Philippines” that day, adding that he personally met with the priest last January along with Lascañas, who recently underwent a kidney transplant.
“He viewed that second lease on life as [something that] has a meaning and he wants to pursue a new path and from that time on, he steered clear of the work of Davao Death Squad. He was using his medical condition as an alibi not to continue working for them, but he continued to be part of the DDS technically,” The soldier-turned politician added.
Sen. Trillanes also recalled the Senate inquiry last October when he had a heated argument with SPO3 Lascañas while he was interrogating him. According to the Liberal Party (LP) inclined senator, he was surprised when he learned that the latter wanted to confessed in public. The self-claim DDS member said he wanted to be a changed man now
“There was a process. We had to check his sincerity in coming out because we didn’t want to get burned by presenting him again and turning his guns on us at one point. We needed to be careful and there was a process of securing his family, preparing the affidavit, and so on and so forth,” Trillanes said on why it took sometime before Lascañas appeared in public.
Last Monday, shortly after Lascañas revealed his new statement, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said that the retired cop could face perjury charges, simply because he was under oath during his initial statement. Meanwhile, Senator Richard ‘Dick’ Gordon has rejected a new Senate hearing on Lascañas, and that the case should instead be brought to a court.