3 arrest warrants out vs. Lascañas over Jun Pala slay


Posted at Jun 06 2017 08:56 PM

Retired policeman SPO3 Arthur Lascañas testifies before a Senate inquiry on the alleged killings related to the Davao Death Squad in this March 6, 2017 file photo. Joseph Vidal, PRIB

MANILA- A Davao City court on Monday issued three arrest warrants against retired Davao police officer and confessed hitman Arturo Lascañas over the 2003 slay of radio broadcaster Jun Pala.

The warrants were issued by Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Retrina Fuentes, mandating any officer of the law to arrest Lascañas.

The former policeman is facing two attempted murder charges against Pala for failed attacks in 2002 and April 2003, and another charge for assassinating Pala in September 2003.

No bail was set for the murder charge, while a bail of P120,000 was set for each of the attempted murder cases.

The warrants listed Lascañas' official address as Roseville Subdivision, Buhangin, Davao City.

Arrest warrant against retired Davao cop Arturo "Arthur" Lascañas

Arrest warrant against retired Davao cop Arturo "Arthur" Lascañas

Arrest warrant against retired Davao cop Arturo "Arthur" Lascañas

A self-confessed member of the alleged Davao death squad, Lascañas previously claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte had paid him P3 million to kill Pala, who was a vocal critic of the then Davao City Mayor.

In his first appearance at a Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings, Lascañas denied the claim of another self-confessed hitman, Edgar Matobato, about the existence and operations of the alleged Davao Death Squad.

He then recanted his statement in a senate press conference earlier this year to corroborate Matobato's claims, admitting that he was a hitman who committed murders on orders of Duterte during his time as Davao City Mayor.

Lascañas also admitted to killing his own brother.

Lascañas left for Singapore on April 8 via the Clark International Airport. His return ticket also indicated Clark as his port of arrival on April 22, but no report of his arrival has surfaced since then. -with a report from Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News