Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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*taken from Ping Lacson's website.
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson scored Thursday insinuations of “command responsibility” and “obstruction of justice” in supposedly helping former Senior Superintendent Cezar Mancao II hide from authorities in connection with the Dacer-Corbito case.
Lacson took exception to claims that he is responsible for Mancao and the other accused who were linked to the case because he was their commanding officer at the Philippine National Police and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force.
“It is wrong to claim that I am liable because of command responsibility. In the first place, I resigned from the PNP and the PAOCTF was dissolved shortly after EDSA-2 in January 2001, while these officers were still in the service when they left the country,” he said.
He also brushed aside allusions of obstruction of justice, supposedly because he knew of Mancao’s whereabouts in September last year but did not do anything.
Lacson said that as early as 2005, the United States government Federal Bureau of Investigation already knew where Mancao was because of a material witness warrant served on him, in connection with the charges filed against Michael Ray Aquino.
As such, he said the Philippine government through the Department of Justice was also aware of Mancao’s whereabouts.
“At the time I talked to him (Mancao), he was a free man and he was telling me about the pressure he faced. So what obstruction of justice are they talking about? If he fled from the Philippines, it is because he lost trust in the Philippine justice system. We have a double-standard justice system. If you are close to Malacañang, you can get away with billions. If you are seen as a threat, you face trumped-up charges,” he added.
On the other hand, Lacson branded as baseless claims that Mancao’s so-called affidavit would point to him as the mastermind of the Dacer-Corbito case.
“If that is indeed the case, they might as well make the document public so we will know who was really behind the disappearance of Dacer and Corbito,” he said
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