De Lima seeks cooperation of Lacson in re-probe of Dacer-Corbito double murder case

April 12, 2011 1:35 am 

MANILA, April 11 – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima on Monday disclosed that she would ask Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson to cooperate in the reinvestigation of the abduction and execution of noted publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000.

Lacson surfaced on March 26, 2011 after the Court of Appeals (CA) dismissed with finality on March 18, 2011 the double-murder charges filed against him and nullified the arrest warrant issued against him by the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Feb. 4, 2010 in connection with the abduction and execution of Dacer and Corbito.

De Lima expressed belief that the senator can provide important information regarding the Dacer-Corbito double-murder case.

Such information, she said, she was waiting for in order to decide when the reinvestigation of the double-murder case will be started.

The DOJ Secretary said that if she gets the commitment of Lacson for such a cooperation, as well as that of the Dacer family and the witnesses, she is prepared to order the conduct of the reinvestigation of the Dacer-Corbito double-murder case.

Likewise, De Lima said that she has requested the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to ask for an extension period before the Supreme Court (SC) in order to file a petition for the reopening of the Dacer-Corbito double-murder case.

De Lima added that within this week, she would meet with the lawyers of the complainant and even with the witness, former police Sr. Supt. Cezar Mancao II in connection with their next move in the case.

Lacson was the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and concurrent head of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF), during which time, Dacer and Corbito were allegedly abducted and executed.

Mancao was a former officer of the defunct PAOCTF, who later pointed to Lacson as the alleged "mastermind" in the twin killings. (PNA) DCT/PTR/utb

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