Retired Senior Police Officer 3 Arturo Bariquit Lascañas mentioned his journal to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, the lawmaker said Wednesday.
“Kasama na ito sa kanyang spiritual cleansing…ibinigay niya ito sa isang tao para itago,” said Trillanes.
He spoke to Lascañas earlier, Trillanes said, and the alleged Davao Death Squad team leader was determined to confess to the public.
Lascañas had previously denied the existence of the assassin’s group, but later retracted his statements.
In his journal, Lascañas named other personalities aside from President Rodrigo Duterte who allegedly gave kill orders to the Davao Death Squad, Trillanes said.
“Liquidation, mayroong mga nakainitan sa traffic, mga nakursunadahan, mga karibal. So ganoon iyong mga pinatutumba,” the lawmaker said.
However, one of Lascañas’ lawyers, Arno Sanidad, denied that the retired policeman’s affidavit came from a free legal assistance group. The lawyers did not know of any journal, he said.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, meanwhile, said the supposed journal does not contain true accounts.
“Journal? Ng ano?...Eh ‘di sana kung totoo iyon, ay inilabas iyon. Hindi totoo lahat iyon. Boladas lang iyon,” he said.
In the last part of the journal, allegedly written by Lascañas during the end of the campaign period last year, he called Duterte’s candidacy a “divine trap.”
Whether Duterte won or lost the elections, he would be considered as among the country’s most hated politicians, according to the journal.
"If ever he will win the presidency and apply in the whole country his Davao formula of bloodletting on the premise of peace and order and illegal drugs, eventually he will lead this country [to] hell, and deceptively perpetuate himself to lifetime in power," Lascañas said. --with reports from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News