Gonzalez plans to resign in November to run for local post

June 3, 2009 1:31 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, June 3 — Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez is planning to leave the Cabinet of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in November this year as he confirmed on Wednesday that he is bent on running for local post in the May 10, 2010 elections.

Gonzalez announced that he has decided to leave the Department of Justice (DOJ) by November in order for him to prepare for the national and local elections in 2010.

The DOJ chief will be resigning from his present position in the national government and would just concentrate on his candidacy for the mayorship of Iloilo City.

Gonzalez served as Iloilo Congressman in the 11th and 12th Congresses and as such he served as House Deputy Speaker for the Visayas before he was appointed DOJ secretary in 2004.

He admitted though that President Arroyo knows that as DOJ secretary he experiences loads upon loads of work, hence, even the President herself suggested to him that it would be better for him to take a lesser taxing job.

Likewise, Gonzalez believes that the reopening of the investigation into the Dacer-Corbito double murder case, particularly the return to the country of former police Sr. Supt. Cesar Mancao II, would be the legacy he will be leaving behind at the DOJ.

Mancao, together with his colleagues, former police Sr. Supts. Glenn Dumlao and Michael Ray Aquino are prime suspects in the abduction and slaying of noted publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000.

The three are members of the defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF), headed by then Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and now Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, during which time, Dacer and Corbito were executed.

Gonzalez also plans to visit Mancao at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to insure that the commitments of the DOJ to him will be followed to the letter.

Among others, the DOJ has assured the safety and security for Mancao.

Once Mancao has testified in the Dacer-Corbito double murder case and reveals all that he knows about it, the DOJ will then recommend that Mancao be made as a state witness.

The conversation between Mancao and Gonzalez will not take long as others might think that the DOJ chief may coach the former police officer on what he should do.

On the possible threats to Mancao, Gonzalez said that they have not monitored anything of that sort, adding that he leaves such security matters to the intelligence community.

The DOJ chief pointed out that there's no such thing as "perfect security", however, the NBI is looking at all "scenarios" or eventualities.

Mancao is expected to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) tomorrow (Thursday) at 6 in the morning.

He will be immediately whisked to the NBI Detention Center on Taft Ave., Manila, which will serve as his temporary custodian while the investigation of the Dacer-Corbito case is being conducted at the DOJ. (PNA) DCT/PTR

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