Lacson relieved his legal woes are finally over


Senator Panfilo Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Now they could heave a collective sigh of relief.

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, who was cleared of the Supreme Court of murder charges for the alleged rubout of members of the Kuratong Baleleng gang in May 1995, yesterday said he is planning a reunion of sorts with all his coaccused in the 17-year-old criminal case.

“We are gathering so that together we can express our thanks since our problem has ended,” he added.

He said they would request the chaplain of the PNP to lead a Mass for them.

“Finally, I feel relieved. I feel happy there’s no more problem. This is my last case,” Lacson said.

Last year, the Supreme Court also trashed the double-murder charge against Lacson in connection with the deaths of publicist Salvador Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000.

A fugitive in 2010


In 2010, the senator left the country and went into hiding, surfacing only after the warrant for his arrest was withdrawn.

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court upheld the 2003 decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court dismissing the charges against Lacson and more than 30 others.

“Of course, we, especially my [former] subordinates, are quite relieved.  Many of them were dislocated after all this controversy hounding us for so many years,” Lacson told reporters at the Senate’s regular news conference.

“I feel for them, my subordinates in Task Force Habagat (a Philippine National Police component of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission, headed by then Vice President Joseph Estrada),” Lacson said.

A good number of his coaccused have either died or left the PNP while some are abroad, he said.

Target was Estrada


Lacson said those who fanned the controversy of the PACC’s alleged involvement in a rubout of robbery suspects wanted it to adversely affect the chances of the then popular Estrada in the 1998 presidential elections.

“The target was then Vice President Estrada. He was a shoo-in to become elected President in 1998. So the case became bigger and bigger. Much publicity was generated that’s why it went on and on,” Lacson said.

Lacson said he has no proof that then Speaker Jose de Venecia had something to do with the rubout case being used to demonize Estrada before the 1998 elections.

“But I was told by the late General (Jewel) Canson, who was one of the accused, that the camp of Speaker De Venecia talked to him. He was asked to involve me in the hope that I would point to President Estrada if things became unbearable for me,” Lacson said.

Estrada went on to win the presidency in 1998.

Lacson said the controversy continued after Estrada became president and when he himself was elected senator in 2001.

“So the controversy was passed on. The heat was passed on. Hopefully, this is really the end,” Lacson said.

But the senator said his entanglement in the Kuratong Baleleng rubout case was nothing compared to the persecution he suffered during the nine-year Arroyo administration.

Arroyo running mate?


Lacson revealed that former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo asked him to be her running mate in the 2004 presidential elections before they became bitter political foes during her presidency.

“From 2001 until shortly before they left [Malacañang], there really was no let up in giving me problems,” he added.

He was implicated in the Dacer-Corbito double murder case in the latter years of the Arroyo administration.

He said when Arroyo came to power after Edsa II in 2001 that resulted in the fall of Estrada, he sent his courtesy resignation from his post as PNP chief through then presumptive Executive Secretary Renato de Villa.

Lacson said De Villa even offered him ambassadorial posts but he declined.

Despite his courtesy resignation, Lacson said headlines carried the news two or three days later that he was sacked.

“That was my first taste of frustration with Mrs. Arroyo,” Lacson said.

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  • charlie_oscar

    What about the Woes of God ?  I do not think money can change that!

  • delpillar

    I voted for Lacson on every post he ran for.
    I will still vote for him for President of the Philippines if he run again, kahit sino pa ang magiging kalaban nya sa pagka-presidente.

  • est

    he is a liar

    • etnarolfawa

      nandoon ka ba ???????

  • Mattino2011

    Devil impersonated , that is what he is,

  • AlexanderAmproz

    One more getting scott free.

    The next one would be Palparan and the Ampatuan’s

    What  a frightening hopelessly criminals country ! 

  • johnnie r

    So Dacer and Corbito did commit suicide and then burned themselves…case closed.

    • est

      lagi lang nakakalusot itong mamatay tao na ito

  • est

    killer to the max

    • etnarolfawa

      hindi ka ba pinagbigyan kaya ka ganyan…..heheehhehhe

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Wrong.  Mr. Sen. Lacson’s woes were always illegal.  Now, he thinks that he can go legal.  Expect him to write his own memoirs soon, too. 

  • Edward Solilap

    Dapat si Senator Lacson ang Interior Secretary bagay sa kanya ang Position na ito para tumino lahat maging Pulis man o Criminal, Sir Panfilo Lacson mabuhay kayo!!!

    • MannyKingfisher

      Si Lacson ay naging Chief ng PNP, matino ba ang mga pulis ng siya ang supreme chief? Hindi. Bagkos ay nagin gmasahol pa ang corruption ng mga pulis. Envolved sa carnapping, drug pushing, kidnapping, name so many crimes at iyong matuturol ang envolvement ng mga parak. Pwedeng pagkatiwalaan uli si Ping kung taos sa puso niya ang paglilinis ng kurapsyon.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Smart and cunning! Senator Panfilo Lacson made the right decision to wait for another administration to come. Other Filipinos, hunted or otherwise, should emulate Mr. Panfilo Lacson by being patient. It’s no wonder the Ampatuan Massacre case is not moving at all! Just like what Mr. Kim Atienza said: “Ang buhay ay weather weather lang.” But this is only in the Philippines, though!

    • Bert

      then no one should blame Palparan for hiding until now…..he’s only “emulating” lacson….

      • tra6Gpeche

        Yes, I can only blame Mr Lacson for being “ingenious.”

  • Fulpol

    time to stop using the word “impunity”…

    there is no such thing as impunity in BS Aquino III gov’t… rule of law always the master

  • Eugene

    Lacson should be put back as crime czar … we may need more kuratong now a days to lessen and frighten the hooligans

  • $20722540

    ang galing talaga oo…nakalusot sa kuratong baleleng at dacer-corbito case…sa mga mata ng tao guilty pa rin.  you can continue to run but you can’t hide forever

  • batoph

    The next trick is to win over the court of public opinion!

  • sacrebleau

    You can’t put a good man down. Congratulations  Senator Lacson!

  • Mananandata69

    So who are the suspects? another unsolved crime. Now that Lacson has been cleared, I think he should help in looking for the real suspects to give justice to the Dacer family.

  • vir_a

    But in the minds of the victims and intelligent Filipinos, doubts on his innocence linger on. 

  • EdgarEdgar

    This should come as no surprise. When Lacson decried Noynoy and Leila de Lima once for not treating him as an ally upon his return from a yearlong hide and seek from the law, it was his way of offering his services to the administration. Suddenly, Lacson is now singing Leila de Lima praises and even promising to confirm her DOJ appointment with the senatorial rubber stamp. Suddenly, the SC cleared Lacson et al of their involvement in Kuratong Baleleng 17 years after the fact coinciding with the height of the storm surge in Mindanao.

    With the passage of the FOI bill, more will come to light as to how this tit-for-tat between Noynoy’s administration and Panfilo Lacson was sealed. Justice may not always prevail in this world but karmic retribution will.

  • sacrebleau

    Rather than capitulate to the greedy Arroyo gov’t, Lacson remained steadfast. Had he given in to the EDSA2 syndicate, he would be one of those who were not able to resist the temptation of power and money like those who joined the Arroyo mafia and are on trial now.

    It is inspiring that Mike Arroyo gave all he got to bring Lacson down – short of throwing the kitchen sink, yet Lacson is the last man standing. Coincidence? Probably not.

    I sincerely think that Lacson has the right attributes to lead this country effectively if given the chance.

    • Bert

      maybe, but only if he comes out clean against many charges and allegations…….

      • sacrebleau

        It’s done, his legal woes are finally over. That means that the charges and allegations have all been disproved.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        “sacrebleu” is an nice polite and obsolete French insult exclamation !
        for unexpected things happening, ready to fight, fitting well to your post

    • AlexanderAmproz

      An other Marcos on the way, who knows,
      did ever Philippines got a good leader ?
      Never, only less evil, 
      good peoples are immediately killed as they are against a rubbish system.

      Wise man don’t urinate against the wind,
      apparently a failed and lost country for ever, 
      as permanent lies are the rule,
      honesty and decency don’t exist in this wonderful paradise, what a pity !

  • Jon

    Hindi na ako magiging prinsesa sa loob…sayang.

  • zafirol

    When the court says he is not guilty , good for him. I dont care what you people say. He is the only senator who refused Pork Barrel and that is a fact.

  • tarikan

    Cleared by the SC is one thing but clearing what is on the minds of the people is another thing. Tell it to Dacer, Corbito, Bentain & the Kurats. He is the only one senator who refused Pork Barrel, as the fellow below says. What of the pork barrel? Maybe he was denied by the previous admin. Refusing a pork barrel doesn’t mean you are incapable of following orders to kill? Napag-utusan lamang. Sino ba ang may galit kay Dacer & Bantain, ha, ha? At pagkatapos ng rub-out kuno ng mga Kurats sabi ng pinuno ng PACC “they deserved to be EXTERMINATED (his exact word, exterminated parang anay hehe hay naku vp bukels). 

    • zafirol

       You could make up all the stories you want and believe and it is all gonna be just  stories. Refusing pork barrel is not a make up story and something to think about.

    • Bert

      agree….now, i’m really confused….

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Pork Barrel is probably peanuts compare to what
      he is able to get and have, thank’s living in a Gangster paradise,
      more you steal and kill more respected you are.
      In some provinces it’s impossible to become Major without
      killing and robbery records, to be respected.

      Philippines respect is based on fear,
      this is an absolute insane culture,
      traditionally propagated by the Clergy,
      fears teaching of the non existent God wrath,
      as God is Good and forgive, 
      an intentionally forgotten Jesus teaching to the small Brown Brother’s,
      under slavery.
      A highly twisted moral and ethics issues, with an disastrous impact.

      An Conquistadors and Clergy injected cultural inheritance,
      hopelessly, drowning the country for ever under God name,
      more wrong than that can’t be, look at the result,
      starving in a food basket, no more water in a monsoon country,
      no more fish and corals in what was a nature birthplace.

      What left untouched ?

      Greed and abuses, the biggest SIN !

  • zafirol

    I am not saying he did not do it  , cause all my information is only based on the news paper I read. Yet it is unfair for a media to condemn a person guilty before a trial in a court. When a person is cleared by court of law, you also has to think maybe he did not do it. Who are we to know the real truth , when all we got are rumors, presumptions and suspicion played around by the media to sell the news.

    • Bert


  • Your_King

    Lacson is relieved that he kissed-up to Aquino because being part of Aquino’s KKK gets you out of trouble whether you deserve it or not. The only thing that is required by Aquino is to attack fpgma and blame her for everything. That’s essentially the initiation act to be backed by Aquino.

  • Fernando

    Those murders happened during his watch as head of the PACC.  He could be fully exonerated in the minds of the people if he can shed light about the perpetrators of these crimes. He sure have some knowledge about these, so please help solve these crimes so their souls can rest.

  • Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

    Tindi rin nitong si Ping.  Galing magbintang kay De Venecia but he is too chicken to actually use somebody else as the source of his accusations.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    The as usual pitiful famous culture of “Justice delayed, Justice denied”

    May be he is not yet guilty, but is seriously tinted since Marcos time,

    I will not take any risk and play safe.

  • agustin

     Imagine JDV is an ally of Noy AB and this jail elusive senator is personally accusing an ally. if politics is addition. the move of Lacson is counter addition, a big headache for the present regime. remember how Lacson demonized Erap his former boss.

  • disqusted0fu

    all thanks to the president! sucking up to Aquino and doing him favors appear to be the key of absolute freedom in the Phils… at least until 2016 that is. or if the FOI bill still has a chance of becoming a law.

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