Dumlao ready to testify on Dacer-Corbito double-murder case, says Gonzales

June 1, 2009 1:31 pm 

MANILA, June 1 – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday confirmed that former police Sr. Supt. Glenn Dumlao has expressed his willingness to testify in the reopening of the Dacer-Corbito double-murder case.

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez made such confirmation following reports that Dumlao has withdrawn his petition before the United States Federal Court against his extradition to the Philippines.

Gonzalez said that the Justice department was happy with the sudden change in the decision of Dumlao.

Gonzales also clarified that the Philippine government had nothing to do with the "turn-around" of the former police officer.

He said that Philippine Consul John Reyes was the one in-charge in talking with Pinoys who were detained in the United States, including Dumlao.

Gonzalez also clarified that the Philippine government had nothing to do with the situation which Dumlao was now into.

He expects that Dumlao's return to the country would be very soon such that the former police officer only needed to submit his deposition paper before the US federal court.

Once such deposition paper is filed with the US court, Gonzalez said, Dumlao can already return to the Philippines.

Gonzalez said that based on information he gathered, Dumlao could possibly swear under oath the affidavit he earlier submitted, which implicated some high-ranking government in the double-murder case.

Dumlao was supposed to be extradited to the Philippines on March 22, 2009, but it did not materialize after filed a writ of injunction and a petition for habeas corpus before the US court questioning his continued detention beyond the prescribed period.

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

Mancao, who has executed a sworn-affidavit before the US court on Feb. 14, 2009 unraveling the alleged "brains" in the double-murder case and who has expressed his willingness to turn state witness, is expected to return to the Philippines on Thursday.

Mancao, Dumlao and Aquino are former officers of the defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Task Force headed by then Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and now Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, during which time, the noted publicist and his driver were executed. (PNA)

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