Thursday, December 1, 2011

SC clears Lacson of murder case

Senator Panfilo Lacson said he feels vindicated following the Supreme Court’s decision to finally close the Dacer-Corbito slay case charged against him.

The SC denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by the family of murdered publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer. The family questioned the decision of the Court of Appeals which dismissed the involvement of the senator in the deaths of Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000.

The high court also upheld the CA’s ruling that former police senior superintendent Cezar Macao II is not a credible witness and his testimony against Lacson has no more weight.

“Mancao wasted 14 months of my life,” Lacson said in an interview with Yahoo! Southeast Asia Thursday.

The senator referred to the 14 months of hiding to evade his arrest. He fled the country in January 2010 shortly after a court ordered his arrest for the double-murder case. He surfaced earlier this year in March claiming that he escaped from “injustice.”

“I don’t regret that I evaded arrest since I was just trying to avoid a clear persecution and injustice upon my person by the Arroyo administration on account of the numerous exposes that I did against her corrupt government and excessive abuse of power,” Lacson said.

Lacson calls witness ‘incredible and untrustworthy’

“Now that the SC ruled with finality on my vindication, the least that I expect from Mancao is to show compunction. But like a lone wolf wailing and whining in the dark, he continues to insist what everybody else describes him – incredible and untrustworthy,” he added.

Despite the court’s decision, the witness insisted that his claims implicating the senator are true.

"Nagsasabi ako ng katotohanan. Fourteen months niya ikumpara mo sa utos niya na magtago kami ng 10 years. Career ko suffered, family nawasak. It's unfair. Hindi ako hihingi ng kapatawaran. I'm on the right here," Mancao said based on an ANC report.

Mancao taken off witness protection

With the SC ruling, Mancao is also off the Department of Justice's witness protection program.

“While I will not pursue case against him, I will not take part in preventing what the court is expected to do which is to deny his motion to be discharged as a state witness and thenceforth execute the arrest order issued against him as an accused in the Dacer-Corbito case,” Lacson said.

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