A retired Davao Police official admitted the existence of Davao Death Squad and was paid by former Davao City Mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte up to P100, 000 pesos depending on their target.
“Totoo po ang Davao Death Squad. Isa ako sa pasimuno dito,” stated by SPO3 Arturo Lascañas who faced the press with lawyers from Free Legal Assistance Group led by Jose Manuel Diokno.
“Sa bawat papatayin namin sa DDS babayaran kami ni Mayor Rody Duterte, minsan P20k, minsan P50k, minsan P100k,” Lascañas said.
At the senate inquiry last October 2016, Edgar Matobato tagged Lascañas as the supposed team leader of the group where Lascañas debunked Matobato’s claim.
Lascañas said he wanted, to tell the truth, because of his conscience and his patriotism.
He also called on the members of the Philippine National Police to serve and protect the Filipino people.
“Panawagan ko sa mga kasamahan ko sa pambansang kapulisan na hindi solusyon ang pagpatay. Managot tayo sa batas ng tao at batas ng Diyos. Uusigin kayo ng konsensya natin hanggang sa katapusan ng angkan natin,” he said. -HA