By PERFECTO T. RAYMUNDO
of the Philippine News Agency
FOLLOWING published reports linking him to the Dacer-Corbito double murder case, former President Joseph Estrada is now saying that his former police chief, now Senator Panfilo Lacson could have acted on his own regarding the murder of noted publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000.
Dacer was perceived to be in alliance with those who were behind the allegations of corruption during the time of the then embattled President Estrada.
“Posibleng kumilos noon si Lacson nang lingid sa aking kaalaman kaugnay sa Dacer-Corbito case,” (Lacson could have possibly acted without my personal knowledge in connection with the Dacer-Corbito case),” Estrada was quoted as saying in an interview over radio station DWIZ on Friday afternoon.
Lacson was then the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and head of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) when the gruesome murders of Dacer and his driver were allegedly perpetrated by elements of the PAOCTF.
“Sa dami ng aking trabaho noon bilang pangulo, hindi ko kayang subaybayan ang lahat ng kilos ng kanyang (Lacson) mga tauhan,” (With the voluminous works that I have as the president, I could not supervise all the movements of his (Lacson) men),” Erap further said.
Based on published reports of the alleged sworn affidavit of former police Sr. Supt. Cesar Mancao, Jr., Estrada and Lacson were behind the abduction and subsequent slaying of Dacer and his driver in November 2000.
Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez Sr. on Friday said that such published affidavit of Mancao, which is in the possession of the former, is “quite accurate.”
Mancao is expected to be extradited to the Philippines any time this month following his “non contest” of the extradition case filed against him by the Philippine government in a federal court in the United States.
Mancao executed a sworn affidavit last February 14 in the United States revealing the “brains” behind the Dacer-Corbito double-murder case.
The former PAOCTF member has also expressed his intention to turn state witness in the celebrated case. A report from the Philippine News Agency