Michael Ray Aquino freed for lack of evidence


Michael Ray Aquino

A Manila court has dismissed for lack of evidence the double murder case against Michael Ray Aquino in connection with the 2000 deaths of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito.

In his decision, Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 18 Judge Carolino Sison also ordered Aquino’s immediate release.

Aquino’s lawyer, Napoleon Poblador, said the court granted their motion to dismiss in a demurrer filed several weeks ago.

He said the prosecution was not able to prove Aquino’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

A National Bureau of Investigation jail guard, who asked not to be named for lack of authority, said they received the court order late afternoon Wednesday and had started processing the papers for Aquino’s release.

“Aquino wanted to leave the jail compound last night as soon as the process is complete,” the source said.

When contacted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Aquino expressed surprise about his impending release.

“I was also surprised by the decision of the court, and I’m happy that I’m finally a free man,” Aquino told the Inquirer.

He added that he was in jail for 59 months in a facility in the United States and 18 months at the NBI jail.

Aquino was implicated by Cezar Mancao, his colleague in the defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force, whose top officials were accused of carrying out the murders.

After fleeing the country and hiding for 10 years in the United States, Aquino was extradited to the Philippines in June last year to face the murder charges, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

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  • Josemakabayan

    Of course he will go scot free like his boss because of lack of witnesses all RIP ?????

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VSVAD3S4PWFLPD7GOWBLI6BLRI Paulo Adams

    please get your names right.  Judge Sison is a woman.  Her first name is Carol, not Carolino.  Ano ba kayo?  Inquirer really lacks proof readers.

  • http://twitter.com/tcdowitter Eva Torres

    I feel sorry for the dacer and corbito family maykarma naman

  • julieboy

    So now we know nobody killed Bobby Dacer..Im not surprised,God will take care of them.

    • blowcoldblowhot

      Address your concern to Ex- President Fidel Ramos. I am sure he can answer you 100%.

  • $20926843

    Cesar Mancao watch out as the roles will now be reversed.  You will now be the accused instead of a state witness.  That is  how this inconsequential Regime operates.  Mancao should prepare now to hide for he will be the one to be harassed, persecuted and hunted down….

  • wawa2172

    What a sorry turn around. Na extradite si Michael Aquino sa pangunguna ni DOJ Laila de Lima and it ended na pakakawalan lang pala dito sa Pinas. It all for the show by the Pnoy administration. Dacer and Corbito family will not know what hit them. The strategy is patagalin at patahimikin muna and than the case is dismiss. Well, I am sure de Lima will not say a word on this since she is part of the entire drama. Well it happened that Ping is the radar of PNoy and that  everything falls for Dacer and Corbito, they will never see justice at all. Who killed Ninoy? Well the 80 million Filipinos knows whose who but the mastermind was never convicted in court. Same with Dacer and Corbito whose remain are charred bodies, whose the killer? The now more than  80 million Filipinos knows except the court. Who you gonna call? None, no one in this government want to find who at baka mapag initan pa. Ping and Michael lets party party sagot ni Noy ang tab and de Lima will prepare the food..steak…tender and niluto sa Cavite.

    • lucidlynx

      Anong for show? Korte ang nag-dismissed, hindi ang executive. Hanggang ngayon hindi mo pa alam ang 3 branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary. All 3 have equal powers.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

        are you sure they are actually “co-equal”?

    • opinyonlangpo

      Your 80 million Filipinos who knows too much are responsible then, is that how the logic goes? You really know how to put down the Filipinos.

    • http://twitter.com/vitoquirog vito quirog

       anong 80 million Filipino knows? ibig mong sabihin pati mga bata nakaalam sa kaso na ito? heh.heh……

  • Love God

    Justice of this world was cruel to the Dacer family.

    In this case of Bobby Dacer and Corbito, I feel that we have to wait for the judgement day of the Lord to know the guilty people / killers.

    My thoughts and prayers for the two grieving families.

    On Judgement Day, you will stand before God and give an account of every thought, every word, and every action you have done in this life. You will stand there all alone and face His judgement

  • w4d

    Watch, this clown will run for government office soon. A future Congressman by Philippine standard…LOL

  • kilabot

    dacer and corbito were killed by ghosts. not estrada, pinkylacson, aquino, mancao, et al. 
    the phantoms had an axe to grind against the victims. 
    that’s the truth, the abnoying truth.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2VPSRNUA6MZGXS7FX6W5ZRCBI Antonio

    no doubt, ginapang na naman ni lacson ito… sana nabulok na lang sa u.s jail ito para nagkaroon ng hustisya yung mga biktimang namatay through salvaging…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    a lot of options now await michael ray: he can go back to the police service, work discretely under his main benefactor and get millions in back pay, who knows, he might become cpnp someday? or he can throw his hat into the political arena, anyway many of his kind are also in ‘public service’. well for sure, there’s one idea that lurks in his mind; that is to get those who turned their backs at him

    but before doing any of his plans he should take rest first and regain all the pounds he lost while incarcerated,

    including dollars and pesos too.

  • tarikan

    Flight is an indication of guilt, di ba Pinky? Surprised pa raw sa decision ng court, whaaa! Ginapang na yun. Mr. Bubby D. at Mawe C. abangan nyo na laang diyan sa lugar nyo, ipaputakte nyo sa mga kasamahan nyo diyan. 

    • catmanjohn

      Not necessarily so, especially in the Philippines. Evil schemes perpetrated by cunning deceivers like the Marcoses, Ramos, Estrada, and Arroyo are as normal as breathing and sleeping. That the whole world knows.

      • Adam_d_langgam

        He he he. .. Hey, catwoman – “John” .. (Toilet or pimp)… Evil schemes …. The Aquino’s are the epitome of righteousness. The whole knows as well or are nothing but a paid whore of the administration

      • catmanjohn

        Hey ‘Ant dick’ Adam… where have you been hiding? jerking off with your baboy Corona? Another one of Estrada’s evil deeds surfaces for the world to see the ways of your sewer politics, on the back of Creepy lackeys like you. 

      • Adam_d_langgam

        Toink … Wrong again – as usual. That was me holding your puny little dick because it would not “perform”. And the object of your affection? He he he. .. A pig.

  • damoeto

    Ano na ang nangyari sa kaso doon sa Luneta massacre. Wala na tapos na. Itong pinoy talaga, ang galing pres. Nga pala ngayon nakaupo nsi Abnoy bakit di niya pabuksan yun kaso ng tatay niya. This is the time to do this investigation. He got Delima Roxas and other personality that sold that case.   

  • boybakal

    Michael Ray Aquino freed for lack of evidence…. I thought flight is a evidence of guilt, yon pala lack of evidence.
    On the other hand, Aquino has suffered enough.
    He was locked up in US jail, much more he was always on the run like a rat while living in the US, houded by INS, US Marshall, FBI.
    He was also jailed in Philippines awaiting trial and that almost consummated his detention if convicted.
    Good luck but not yet congratulations as there will be new charge once there is a change of administration.

  • disqusted0fu

    is he somehow related to the president? if he is, then the decision to free him is not surprising.

  • catmanjohn

    Poor journalism here. Who was Salvador Dancer the greatest threat to and why? Was Estrada  president at the time, or Arroyo? both are notorious of committing crimes, then turning the blame onto their opponents. Is Michael Ray Aquino related to President Aquino’s family? Would someone care to elaborate.

    • Adam_d_langgam

      Hey dork, what is good journalism? Why don’t you join the staff of pdi to improve the quality of this paper? According to Lacson, erap was the brains. The following day, jinggoy returned the compliment – Lacson the guilty party. Whoever the president was during that time’s irrelevant. Go collect your allowance from the retard gov’t

      • catmanjohn

        Nasty little ‘Ant Dick’ Adam is back. Were you in the hospital for HB? Why are you so angry,,, your wife must have left you because you couldn’t get it up, or what makes a guy like you so vicious and jaded? It must be your fears that all your evils deeds will catch up with you? 

      • Adam_d_langgam

        Hehehe … Missed your idiocy and your stupidity. Yes, I was in the hospital making sure of your daily dose of little boys and girls. What you failed to notice was those boys and girls were askals. When did you get out of your cell? Did you bribe the guards?

      • catmanjohn

        Actually, I was finding bliss, being embedded into the arms of a beautiful Mindanaoan girl who looks like a 20 year old Imelda Marcos. My other gf looks better than Miss PH. Yes!…It is more fun in the Philippines…

      • Adam_d_langgam

        He he he. … Dream on madam John …. Your other girl used to be a “he” courtesy of the best technology around. You were taken for a ride boy. … Embedded in the arms of a “girl” who was Imelda twenty years back? He he he ..again, “she” fooled you. That was piolo pascual … It is really “funnier” in the Phil’s. especially with clueless foreigners like you. Anyways, enjoy the holidays.

      • catmanjohn

        Funnier.. would be to see Estrada in a wheelchair and get himself hospitalized so he can escape justice like your boss Gloria. By the way, tell Gloria if she has a hard time swallowing her pills I got the perfect instrument to slide down and open up her orifice.

      • Adam_d_langgam

        You call your two-inch organ an instrument? He he he. …

      • catmanjohn

        Thats your brains you’re pointing to stupid….

      • Adam_d_langgam

        He he he.. Thanks for pointing that out. I got brains, you’re brain dead. Wooooo zombie. Moron

      • catmanjohn

        Ant Dick.. your brains are as lame as your tiny dick. Go suck Mike Arroyos 2 inch organ and maybe he’ll buy you new knee pads for Christmas..

  • Your_King

    And we thought that only President’s Aquino’s KKK get off scot-free. I guess even having the name Aquino gets you pass a lot of trouble with the law.

  • Adam_d_langgam

    Hey catwoman John … How did you find out about mike arroyo’s 2-inch dick? He he he. .. Birds of the same feather … Or rather dick of the same size ….. He he he….loser.

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