Taasan ang parusa! Ping pushes harsher penalties vs fake whistleblowers
The wild goose chase involving Peter “Bikoy” Advincula should fuel efforts to impose harsher penalties on fake witnesses, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday.
Lacson said he had filed Senate Bill 253 as early as 2016, but the bill has yet to get past the committee on justice and human rights.
“Naka-file ako ng bill, SB 253 dahil sa nangyari kina Matobato, Lascanas nag-file ako ng bill, naka-pending sa committee on justice and human rights. I was hoping dinggin dito sa committee para mapagusapan sa plenaryo. Tinataas ang parusa sa pagsisinungaling under oath na perjurious statement,” he said in an interview on DZBB radio.
Even Lacson has had a brush with a fake witness – Ador Mawanay – in the early 2000s, at the start of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s presidency.
Mawanay had since retracted his statements and apologized to Lacson.
Lacson noted that in this modern age of the internet, Advincula – who starred in videos linking friends and kin of President Rodrigo Duterte to the drug trade – is much worse.
“Si Mawanay minsanan lang, ito paulit-ulit. Hindi natin alam, ang background niya estapador. Tingin ko rito, baka nagbabakasalaki ang idadawit niya pwedeng makipagusap sa kanya,” Lacson said of Advincula.
Earlier, Lacson scheduled a Senate hearing on May 10 to hear Advincula’s claims, but Advincula begged off until after the May 13 elections.
But after Senate President Vicente Sotto III bared in a press conference Advincula’s racket of making up stories by recalling a similar story Advincula offered to him in 2016 but linking former President Benigno Aquino III and some of his Cabinet members to the drug trade at that time, Lacson called off the hearing.