MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police – Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) Deputy Inspector General Pdir. Leo Angelo Leuterio said they are now validating the information divulged by retired. SPO3 Arthur Lascañas during the Senate hearing on Monday.
Leuterio, however, noted that the IAS still cannot classify the statements of the self-confessed Davao Death (DDS) member as intelligence information.
“This information has not been processed to intelligence cycle. So these are just pieces of information and cannot be considered intelligence as of yet,” he said.
The police unit has no copy yet of Lascañas’ affidavit or the documents containing his statements. Leuterio said that what they have now are the unsigned photocopies of said documents.
“The only action of Internal Affairs Service can only be to validate such information,” explained Leuterio. “We’ll do our own analysis of the fact finding on the things that he [Lascanas] has said in relation with the police personnel involved who remain to be active in service. ”
Among the policemen named by Lascañas are PSSupt. Rommel Mitra- chief of the directorial staff of PRO-3, Supt. Rivera, the deputy city director of Davao City Police Office and SPO1 Jim Tan.
The self-confessed DDS member also named Vicente Danao – chief directorial staff of the CIDG and PNP Chief PDG Ronald dela Rosa, whom he claimed was among those who joined their operations and were ordered to kill.
Dela Rosa, meanwhile, refused to comment on Lascañas’ accusations.
“He’s just an ordinary policeman in Davao. I still have no comment on that. I’ll just wait for the Senate to summon me,” he said.
It can be recalled that Lascañas made a complete turnaround when he retracted his initial statements about participating in the so-called Davao Death Squad, which was allegedly led by then mayor and now president Rodrigo Duterte. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News and Rescue
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