CA junks arrest warrant vs. Lacson

March 21, 2011 11:17 pm 

MANILA, March 21 – Anybody who orders the arrest of Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and puts him in jail maybe charged with arbitrary detention.

This was the stern warning issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) on Monday after it denied the motion for reconsideration filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) seeking to reverse and set aside the court's earlier decision exonerating Lacson in the Dacer-Corbito double-murder case.

In a 16-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Ramon Bato, the arrest warrant issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) against Lacson was also nullified.

The appellate court clarified that if the issuance of an arrest warrant of a lower court is "immediately executory," the legal community should first think that the CA is higher than the lower court.

Hence, the CA said, the nullification of the arrest warrant made by the appellate court on an order of a lower court is "immediately executory."

It can be recalled that the CA based its earlier decision on the unreliable and not credible testimony of former police Sr. Supt. Cezar Mancao II who claimed that Lacson was the "brains" behind the abduction and killing of publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000. (PNA)

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