From Atty. Ian Vincent Manticajon’s column in The Freeman: In this context, I thus support Lacson’s bill, if only to help arrest the culture of dishonesty that pervades in our public lives, and to truly foster development founded on justice and equity and not by political convenience.
“False testimonies and sworn statements are sometimes being used to support malicious complaints with the intent of harassing and persecuting innocent persons. 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.'”
Posibleng imbitahan ng Mataas na Kapulungan ng Kongreso anumang araw ngayong linggo ang lumutang na “Bikoy” upang isalang ito sa imbestigasyon, kung makakapagpakita ito ng dalawang katibayan.
Ayon kay Senador Panfilo Lacson, Chairman ng Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs na siyang mangunguna sa imbestigasyon, kailangan lamang ni “Bikoy” na magdala ng sinumpaang salaysay at karagdagang mabibigat na dokumento kaugnay sa kanyang mga naunang paratang.
Kasama sa layunin ng magiging imbestigasyon ni Lacson na bumuo ng batas na magpapataw ng mas mabibigat na parusa sa pagsisinungaling, partikular na sa mga pagdinig na ginagawa ng lehislatura.
“I filed Senate Bill 253 to protect innocent people from being wrongly jailed or having their reputations suffer because of lying witnesses,” pagbabalik-tanaw ni Lacson na kung ilang beses na ring nabiktima ng mga imbentong akusasyon.
The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs may hold a hearing on the claims made by “Bikoy” as early as within this week, but only if he personally presents his sworn statement and evidence to support his accusations.
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, who chairs the panel, said this in a post on his Twitter account Tuesday, as he noted “Bikoy” has become a political – if not an election – issue.
Lacson indicated one of the goals of the hearing would be to bolster proposed legislation providing heavier penalties against perjury, especially before congressional investigations.
“Like it or not, Bikoy has become a political, if not an election issue. The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs can schedule a hearing this week on one condition: Bikoy must personally present a sworn statement and his evidence to support his accusations,” he said.
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.
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.