Enrile urges Lacson to clear his name

May 19, 2010 8:05 pm 

MANILA, May 19 – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has urged Senator Panfilo Lacson to return in the country and clear his name from the murder charges filed against him for the killing of former publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito.

”I encourage him to come back and clear his name and participate in the activities of the Senate,” Enrile said in a media interview Tuesday night.

Enrile said he has no information regarding the whereabouts of Lacson since the latter left the country last January 5, three days after the Bureau of Immigration put him on its watchlist.

The murder charges were filed based on the complaint filed by the daughters of Dacer — Carina Lim, Sabina Reyes, Emily Hungerford and Amparo Henson -– following the execution of affidavit of former Senior Supt. Cezar Mancao on Feb. 14, 2009.

Lacson denied any involvement in the killings, but he has not been seen in the Senate since the double murder charges were formally filed against him last January 7.

The lawmaker has been reportedly seen in Hong Kong and later in Australia.

Enrile, however, clarified that the continued absence of Lacson will not affect his standing as senator. Lacson’s six-year term will end in 2013.

”It will not affect unless somebody will raise the issue. He is a senator just like (detained senator Antonio) Trillanes. He is in the custody of the court, could not attend the session but we respect his prerogatives as senator. They are interdicted as we call in law,” Enrile said.

Enrile said Lacson would be able to participate in the canvassing of votes for president and vice president during the joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives which will convene as National Board of Canvassers for the top two positions. (PNA)

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