Lacson mulls stiffer penalties for perjury

Art Fuentes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 06 2017 08:38 PM

Senator Ping Lacson. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senator Panfilo Lacson said he may seek stiffer penalties for perjury following retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas' testimony today at the Senate. 

Lascañas drew the condemnation of several senators over his new sworn testimony about the alleged Davao Death Squad (DDS). 

The former police officer was grilled by senators over his contradicting testimonies. 

Lascañas denied the existence of the DDS in his earlier testimony last year, but made a public confession on February 20, where he admitted that he was one of the leaders of the shadowy vigilante group.

In an interview over radio DZMM, Lacson said he now wants harsher penalties for lying under oath, especially when this is done before a congressional hearing. 

"Sa US, you cannot just lie before a congressional hearing. Actually federal offense yan sa America. Sa atin, pinaglalaruan yung affidavits e," Lacson said. 

Under the Revised Penal Code, perjury is punishable with imprisonment of six months and one day. 

Lacson also said he still has doubts about Lascañas new testimony.

Lascañas corroborated the earlier claim of another DDS hitman, Edgar Matobato, that the DDS killed a D.I or dance instructor who was the lover of President Duterte's sister.

But Lacson said he had information that the D.I. that Lascañas claimed to have been killed is actually alive.