A retired policeman told a Senate hearing in the Philippines on Monday that he killed nearly 200 people as part of a “death squad” under the country’s now President, Rodrigo Duterte.
Arturo Lascanas said the killings occured when Duterte was mayor of Davao City.
But senators abruptly ended the hearing, insisting that there is no independent proof that such a squad even existed.
“I can’t take to my grave these dark and evil secrets…born from obedience to Mayor Duterte’s orders and his sincere campaign against criminality and illegal drugs,” Lascanas said.
“I had blind obedience and loyalty to the point that I was indirectly involved in killing my two brothers.”
Lascanas admitted to lying in October during another Senate inquiry into alleged extrajudicial killings by a hit squad linked to Duterte, but said he did so for his family’s safety and because police had warned him to “deny everything”.
The testimony comes amid mixed messages from Duterte. He has denied ordering summary executions, either as president or during his 22 years as Davao mayor.