Senator Panfilo Lacson appears to media live after hiding for 14 months

By on Mar 28, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Local, Politics Comments

Manila, PhilippinesSenator Panfilo Lacson appeared in front of media for the first time on Monday, March 28, 2011, noon time, after hiding for about 14 months, and as shown in local TV live.

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Sen. Lacson, who admitted he went into hiding out of the country, after feeling that he is being harassed particularly in relation to the Dacer-Corbito double murder case back in 2000.

The controversial case, still unsolved as of this writing, involves noted PR man and veteran publicist Salvador ‘Bubby’ Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito, who were abducted and their bodies were later burned along with their vehicle.

Apparently, Sen. Lacson was accused of being the mastermind of the killings, while he was the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) chief, during the time of former President Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada.

Former subordinates of Lacson, Michael Ray Aquino, Cesar Mancao and Glenn Dumlao submitted affidavits revealing the alleged involvement of the senator in the case.

Lacson returned the country on Saturday, March 26, 2011, and arrived in Cebu from Hongkong , after Court of Appeals ruled out to lift the warrant of arrest against him in relation to the case.

Lacson, a noted critic of former President and now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said on his speech on Monday that he decided to hide because he believe he will suffer from unfair justice from the previous administration.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson did not reveal where he hid and who helped him in those times, but said he is ready to spend his whole life in hiding, after reportedly leaving the country in January 2010.

The senator also said he could not count how many times he moved from one place to another to hide from International Police, but did not return to the Philippines contrary to rumors.

On the statement he read in front in live TV, Lacson said he felt like a prisoner outside the prison cell and has only one target; not to be caught.

Sen. Lacson then categorically denied his alleged involvement in the Dacer-Corbito double murder case and said that he has an idea of whom the real mastermind is, but did not mention a name because he said he had no solid evidence.

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