Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lascañas ordered arrested for murder of Duterte critic

DAVAO CITY—A regional trial court here has ordered the arrest of retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas for the series of attacks on slain broadcaster Juan “Jun” Pala.
Judge Retrina Fuentes of the 11th Regional Trial Court Branch 10 on Monday issued arrest warrants against Lascañas for murder and attempted murder charges in connection with the series of gun attacks on the broadcaster between 2002 and 2003.
Pala’s wife, Louise, filed complaints before the city prosecutor’s office late last month, accusing the retired policeman of carrying out attacks against her husband that eventually led to his death.

In his testimony before the Senate, Lascañas had tagged former Davao City Mayor and now President Duterte as the mastermind behind the attacks on Pala.
He also implicated fellow policeman Sonny Buenaventura and Mr. Duterte’s driver-bodyguard Jim Tan in the Pala case, and other alleged summary executions in the city during Mr. Duterte’s tenure as mayor.
Buenaventura, Tan and other individuals Lascañas had implicated were not charged, however.
The court set P120,000 as bail for each of the attempted murder charges. No bail was recommended for the murder charge.
Extrajudicial confession
Aside from the complaint lodged by Pala’s widow, the city prosecution office approved the filing of cases against Lascañas based on his Feb. 19 Senate testimony which detailed his alleged involvement in the killing of the broadcaster and other murders in Davao.
In recommending for the filing of charges against Lascañas, the city prosecution said his affidavit before the Senate constituted an extrajudicial confession.

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