OPINION: The curious case of SPO3 Lascanas and the Bilibid drug lords

Harvey S. Keh

Posted at Feb 21 2017 01:28 PM

Yesterday, retired SPO3 Arthur Lascanas faced the public to reveal the existence of the Davao Death Squad implicating President Rody Duterte in its operations, including the brutal massacre of a family that included an innocent and helpless 5-year-old boy. What did he have to gain by doing this? 

Nothing. He in fact put his and his family's life in danger now by pitting himself against the most powerful man in our country who is widely known for having his enemies killed. He didn't have to do this, he simply could've made his family’s life much easier by just keeping quiet.
 
“Testimonies” in exchange for freedom
 
A few months ago, the Department of Justice (DOJ) led by Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre paraded a group of high-profile drug convicts and murderers such as Herbert Colanggo, Vicente Sy and Peter Co in Congress and the Senate to pin down staunch opposition Senator Leila De Lima. What did these convicted criminals have to gain by doing this? 

Well, right after they testified, they were given special privileges in their detention cells such as airconditioners, internet access, cellphones and even Smart TVs. Aside from this, Aguirre announced that they are now moving for the dropping of their drug charges in exchange for their "testimonies" against De Lima. 

Now, the question is, who will you believe? A man who is now risking his life so the public would know the truth about the spate of extra-judicial killings that is happening in our country or a band of convicted hard-core criminals who will do anything just to be able to get their freedom? I think the answer here is pretty obvious.

Is the Liberal Party behind all of this?

In another related story, die-hard Duterte supporters are now saying that it is the Liberal Party (LP) which is behind the recent revelations made by Senator Antonio Trillanes against our President. 

These die-hard supporters obviously don’t do much research and just parrot whatever they hear from known Duterte apologists. Trillanes isn’t a member of the LP nor was he ever part of LP. Trillanes is actually a member of the Nacionalista Party (NP), which counts known Duterte allies, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Cynthia Villar as its leaders. 

True to form, when something goes wrong in this administration, just blame the LP and hope that the people will actually believe them.
 
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