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Kapihan sa Senado forum | May 9, 2019

At the Kapihan sa Senado forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– ‘Bikoy’ caper
– Palace’s new matrix
– May 13 midterm elections
– businesses of foreign nationals in PH that discriminate against Filipinos

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Sponsorship Speech for the Committee Report on the Claims of SPO3 Arturo Lascañas

Mr. President, fellow members of this august chamber, I have the honor to report on the Senate floor the result of the inquiry, in aid of legislation, conducted by the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs on the Privilege Speech of Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV regarding the public confession of retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas on the existence of the Davao Death Squad (DDS), as embodied in Committee Report No. 97.

Mr. President, one night in September 2015, an ailing man while undergoing dialysis in a hospital in Davao City, dreamt that the devil was inside his room. The dream seemed so real, he even had flashbacks on certain incidents of his life, particularly the times when he killed people. He recalled calling the name of Jesus and made a promise to serve His will from thereon. Thereafter, he found himself saved by a child-like image appearing from a bright light. He then woke up from his dream and became a renewed man. That was the story of the spiritual awakening of Mr. Arturo Lascañas.

More than a year later, or on October 3, 2016, the same man was summoned by the Senate committee on justice and human rights to testify under oath as to the alleged existence of and the President’s participation and involvement in the Davao Death Squad (DDS). Before proceeding, he took an oath before everyone present in this very hall and in front of the entire nation, invoking the name of God to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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Lacson Bill Pushes Higher Penalties vs Lying Witnesses

To protect innocent people from being wrongly jailed or having their reputations suffer because of lying witnesses, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson filed a bill imposing heavier penalties on those giving false testimonies.

Lacson, who had suffered harassment due to lying witnesses in the past, lamented false testimonies and sworn statements sometimes used to support malicious complaints to harass and persecute others are becoming prevalent.

“This pernicious practice is aimed not only to harass innocent persons but also to put them behind bars and make their families suffer. It is noteworthy that because of these untruthful and inconsistent statements, we have witnessed how some men were robbed of their youth and freedom for a long period of time only to be freed later on account that the reason for their incarceration was based on a ‘polluted source,’” he said in Senate Bill 253.

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Lacson Bill: Pekeng Testigo Damay sa Asunto ng Akusado

Sa halip na ang akusado, ang nagsisinungaling na testigo laban sa kanya ang babalikat sa mga parusa sa kaso o mga kasong kinakaharap ng una oras na maisabatas ang panukalang inihain ni Senador Panfilo Lacson sa Mataas na Kapulungan ng Kongreso.

Sa Senate Bill 253 kasi na inihain ni Lacson at naglalayong amyendahan ang ilang mahahalagang nilalaman ng Revised Penal Code, ipinunto ni Lacson na dapat na ipaako sa testigo ang kaso ng idinidiin nito sa isang kaso o asunto oras na mapatunayang nagsisinungaling lamang ito o gumagawa ng kuwento.

“Any person who shall give false testimony in any criminal case shall suffer the same penalty for the crime the defendant is being accused of,” banggit niya sa naturang panukala.

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Bill Seeks to Protect Victims of False Testimony, Discourage Manufacturing of Witnesses

Lamenting that the use of lying witnesses has made a mockery of the courts and sent many innocent people to jail for crimes they did not commit, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson has filed a bill recommending heavier penalties on false witnesses and on public officials who encourage them to do so.  Continue reading “Bill Seeks to Protect Victims of False Testimony, Discourage Manufacturing of Witnesses”