Dacer kin on P-Noy: The President knows the feeling of a person deprived of justice

July 3, 2010 9:02 pm 

MANILA, July 3 – Karina Dacer, the daughter of slain noted publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer, on Saturday said that President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III knows the feeling of a person deprived of justice.

Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito were abducted and their remains burned beyond recognition in a ravine in Indang, Cavite on Nov. 26, 2000.

Karina said that she heard the inaugural speech of President Aquino last June 30.

"I think one of his (Aquino's) programs is to pursue justice for all," she said in a radio interview.

According to Karina, Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, Jr. as a senator, cannot just run away whenever he wants to and returns back to the country if he so desires.

Lacson has been tagged as the one who ordered the abduction and execution of Dacer and Corbito, during which time, he was the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and head of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) during the short-lived incumbency of then President Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada.

Karina believes that under the administration of President Aquino, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be fair this time.

She hopes that the double murder case against Lacson will now continuously push through.

Lawyer Demetrio Custodio, the legal counsel of the Dacer family, said that even if he (Lacson) was a senator, he should be arrested on the basis of the warrant of arrest issued by a Manila court against him once he surfaced.

Lacson flew out of the country on Jan. 5, 2010, a month before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 18 issued an arrest warrant against him and resolved the motion for judicial determination of probable cause filed by the senator.

"We have a new administration and this new administration vows to do justice for all and part of that vow is not to interfere with the legitimate criminal prosecution, therefore, we consider it unfair for Sen. Lacson to say that there is a new administration and he will now come out and face the charges," Custodio said.

It was reported that Lacson will now come out in the open once President Aquino shall have taken his oath as the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippine last June 30.

"We are expecting that the Aquino administration will lift no finger to help Sen. Lacson, because this is exclusively a judicial matter," Custodio said.

In his inaugural speech, President Aquino said that he has forgiven all those who sinned against him, but warned that there will be no "reconciliation without justice".

On the other hand, Atty. Alex Avisado, Lacson's legal spokesman, said that they were also expecting that Lacson would face the charges filed against him.

"Sen. Lacson cannot expect special favor from the new administration, and knowing Sen. Lacson, he will not ask President Aquino to interfere in the case," Avisado said.

"We only want one thing, for the new administration or government not to interfere with the case," Avisado said.

"We firmly believe that we have a strong case and we expect that the case against Sen. Lacson will be dismissed because of procedural lapses," Avisado said.

Avisado said that they were also awaiting when the senator would return to the country. (PNA)

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