‘No cause to panic,’ Palace tells Lacson
By Joel Guinto
First Posted 13:11:00 03/23/2009
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said Senator Panfilo Lacson had “no cause to panic” over a former aide’s impending testimony of on the lawmaker’s alleged involvement in the 2000 murders of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo advised Lacson to wait for the case to reach the courts.
Former police senior superintendent Cezar Mancao, an aide of the senator when he was chief of the Philippine National Police, has reportedly linked Lacson and former president Joseph Estrada to the Dacer-Corbito murders.
Mancao, who is one of those accused for the killings, is set to be extradited from the United States.
Lacson has accused the administration of pressuring Mancao to implicate him.
“There is no cause to panic. If Senator Lacson is accusing the Palace [of being behind Mancao], if he has something to say, I think it has to be brought to the proper court and it has to be proven with evidence at the same time,” Fajardo said at a Palace news conference.
“The best way to deal with this is huwag nating pangunahan [let’s not preempt it]. There has been a lot of talk, and it’s all speculation. All this must be proven in court,” she said.
Fajardo said the Palace “can sleep soundly,” knowing it had nothing to do with Mancao’s affidavit. She also played down the new exposé on corruption that Lacson said he is preparing.
“Blaming this administration has become second instinct for Senator Lacson,” she said.
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