Paolo Duterte speaks up on latest Lascañas testimony


Posted at Mar 06 2017 08:55 PM


Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte believes Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is behind the recent allegations of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) member and retired policeman SPO3 Arturo Lascañas.

In a post on Facebook, the younger Duterte said dragging his name into the controversy is Trillanes' doing.

"No less than retired SPO3 Lascañas admitted that he sought the help of the Trillanes in recanting from his earlier Senate testimony. This only shows that Trillanes is behind the latest Lascañas testimony that not only dragged the name of President Duterte in the summary killings but also tried in vain to include me and my friend in the illegal drug trade," Duterte wrote.

He added that this show's Trillanes' desperation to bring down his father, making money in the process.

"Trillanes is now desperate in bringing down my father that he would move heaven and earth just to pin us down in these made-up accusations. Trillanes is making money in this circus because his political career is already at a dead end," Paolo said.

Lascañas, in a Senate hearing on Monday, said Paolo initially suspected that an acquaintance, Charlie Tan, planted illegal drugs in a container van that had his belongings and ordered the now-retired cop to tail the van.

Paolo later on intervened in the entrapment operation against Tan, according to Lascañas. He said, although he never knew if drugs were found in the van, he was disappointed that Paolo intervened in the operation to entrap Tan.