Palace: Wait for Mancao tell the truth
By Joel Guinto
First Posted 16:29:00 03/06/2009
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang called “speculation” claims that a former police official facing extradition from the United States would tag opposition politicians in the 2000 murder of a public relations man and his driver.
Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello said it would be best to wait for former senior superintendent Cesar Mancao to return to the country and “tell the truth” about the killing of Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito.
Senator Panfilo Lacson has claimed Mancao has been pressured by Malacañang into implicating him in the Dacer-Corbito murders. Lacson was national police chief at the time of the killing, and Mancao was a close aide.
“That’s all speculation,” Bello said at a news conference at the Palace. “Let’s wait for Mr. Mancao to come back and hear from him. There may be some sectors who want to cloud or even demean the effects of the revelations, so to speak, of Colonel Mancao.”
“It will be Colonel Mancao who will tell the truth,” he said.
Bello reiterated that Malacañang had nothing to do with any revelations Mancao might make.
“Colonel Mancao in the States, how can the Philippine government exert pressure on him and what form of pressure will it be?” he asked.
Without naming anyone in particular, Bello said that a person about to be implicated by someone else’s revelation could resort to “legal, even extralegal means.”
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