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Self-confessed leader of Duterte’s ‘death squad’ leaves country unhindered

Self confessed Davao Death Squad hitman Arturo Lascañas is now staying in a rented Singapore flat

Arturo Lascañas, who confessed to numerous murders on Duterte’s orders while part of the Davao Death Squad (DDS), flew unhindered to Singapore on Saturday.

“I have received threats that a lawsuit would be filed against me, and there are also people looking for me,” the retired cop said in an interview with The Inquirer.

Despite his self-confessed crimes, Lascañas left the country perfectly legally after filling out all the relevant paperwork. The Bureau of Immigration has confirmed that there was no ‘hold departure order’ or ‘lookout bulletin’ issued against him.

As we reported in February, Lascañas caused a sensation when he confessed that he was a leading member of the DDS who had even killed his own brothers out of loyalty to then Mayor Duterte.

The testimony was at odds with his flat denial to senators the previous year, and followed allegations made by another self-confessed DDS member, Edgar Matobato.

Lascañas said he lied when he first appeared before the Senate, because he was afraid for his family’s safety.

By the time of his second testimony, he was being assisted by lawyers from the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) with the support of opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Since this time, Lascañas has lived in hiding, before he was helped to flee the country on Saturday.

The Malacañang has stridently denied all of the DDS allegations, saying they are part of a plot to “destroy the president and topple his administration”.

Lascañas is now living in rented accommodation in Singapore.

He told The Inquirer that staying in the Philippines was impossible. “I am sure, I might either be jailed or killed. It’s just one of the two possibilities.

“But for me, I know God has a plan and that would be my destiny for telling the truth. I have accepted that.

“But all that will be overcome by one’s faith. To me, God is my guide. I know He will not abandon me.”


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2 Comments on "Self-confessed leader of Duterte’s ‘death squad’ leaves country unhindered"

  1. “Malacañang has stridently denied all of the DDS allegations”
    But Duterte has confessed his involvement in mass murder:
    “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”
    “If you want to kill the drug addict, just shoot him in the head!”
    “I’m not saying you kill them but the order is ‘dead or alive.’”
    “In Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show the guys that if I can do it, why can’t you? And I’d go around in Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around, and I would just patrol the streets, looking for trouble also. I was really looking for a confrontation so I could kill.”
    “I killed about three of them. I don’t know how many bullets from my gun went inside their bodies.”
    To human rights activists: “Fine, let’s stop and let the number of drug personalities increase. When harvest time comes and there are many of them, I will include you — because you made the problem bigger.”
    “If they pull out a gun, kill them. If they don’t, kill them still, son of a whore, so it’s over, lest you lose the gun. I’ll take care of you.”
    “There’s 3 million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”
    “When I said I’ll stop criminality, I’ll stop criminality. If I have to kill you, I’ll kill you. Personally.”
    “Do not lie to me. You will get shot.”
    “If you are doing an illegal activity in my city, if you are a criminal or part of a syndicate that preys on the innocent people of the city, for as long as I am the mayor, you are a legitimate target of assassination.”
    “Like what happened in San Juan. They were lucky I was not (there). If there was that big haul of shabu, I will really kill you. Let’s not resort to drama. I, myself, will shoot them if nobody would shoot them.”
    “I will have you killed. I will win because of the breakdown of law and order. I do not want to commit a crime. But if by chance per chance God will place me there watch out because that 1,000 will become 100,000. If I win then beware. The fish in Manila Bay will get fat. I will throw you there.”
    Asked if he illegally killed a suspect by dropping him from a helicopter: “Wala naman nakatingin noon.”
    “Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. Hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out, because I’d kill you.”
    “Just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination if you’re a son of a b**ch. Most of those killed, to be frank, have done something. You won’t be killed if you don’t do anything wrong. If you are an upright journalist, nothing will happen to you. The example here is Pala. I do not want to diminish his memory but he was a rotten son of a b**ch. He deserved it.”
    After repeating death threats to criminal suspects, he said, “Even their lawyers, I will include them.”
    “Get out of my city if you’re doing drugs or other crimes, because if you don’t, I’ll kill you.”
    “To all the military men, and to all the police, go out and hunt for them, and I will protect you.”
    To EU officials who disagree with him: “I will just be happy to hang you. If I have the preference, I’ll hang all of you.”
    On media people whom he says are not fair to him: “See how they slant. I don’t know. But someday – I’m not scaring them – but someday, karma will come.”

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