What Went Before: Michael Ray Aquino and the Dacer-Corbito killings


Michael Ray Aquino

Former police intelligence officer Michael Ray Aquino fled the country in 2001 after he was implicated in the Dacer-Corbito killings.

Publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito, were abducted on Nov. 24, 2000, at an intersection in Makati City. Their charred remains were found in April 2001 in a creek in Cavite and identified by forensic experts from dental records and personal items.

Aquino, former chief of operations of the now defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (Paoctf), allegedly received orders from then Paoctf head, now Sen. Panfilo Lacson, to abduct the victims, according to coaccused and fellow Paoctf officer Cezar Mancao II.

In 2005, American authorities arrested Aquino in connection with an espionage case, where he was accused of illegally accepting classified US secret documents. Prosecutors alleged the documents were stolen as part of a plot to overthrow then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Aquino pleaded guilty in 2006 of possession of secret documents and was sentenced to a 76-month prison term, later reduced to time served.

He was extradited to the Philippines in June last year. Months later, he entered a “not guilty” plea to charges that he had something to do with the 2000 double murders.

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  • ApoLapullapu

    Bubby Dacer, like Ninoy Aquino, has become an object of history.  Killed but the masterminds were never prosecuted because the evidences were systematically destroyed.  Even the witnesses were killed.

    • catmanjohn

      What did the witnesses state before they were killed?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5TENDBNOVQRJEKFPV76D2N4XUM Socorro

    WOW this man had given shame to our country by spying then now he is acquitted, next time he will be appointed and then be a candidate for position under the LP with Lacson, daang matuwid ba iyan? 

  • ApoLapullapu

    What issue do we want to kill that we are reviving this story?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

       We want to kill the rampant injustice that exists in this country.

    • damiranda126

      the issue is not solved, understand smart ass1

      • ApoLapullapu

        Unless there is a new lead that is news, there must be a motive in writing about an old story as news, Are we trying to divert from the clamor for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill?

  • elgeepee

    This is justice philippine style.

  • Summerspice

    Why would Mancao implicate Aquino in Dacer-Corbito killings?Mancao just made up stories?????

  • Summerspice

    Yung mga naging kalaban ni GMA at kinasuhan ngayon free na sila compliments of Pnoy and his “matuwid na daan” platform.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2RVERYUPGBL4EHNMB2QNIQTFS4 Boying

    SI ERAP ANG UTAK AT MAY KAGAGAWAN NG PAGPATAY KAY DACER!! SI Binay ang mananagot sa pagkanlong sa isang mandarambong at mamamatay tao na yan!!

  • Freddie73

    It looks like justice will evade the heirs of Bubby Dacer & Emmanuel Corbito!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

       As long as injustice such as this exists, the Philippines will never move out of being a second-rate nation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

    Why do we lack the political will to bring those responsible for this crime to justice?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2DG3R2AAQZDON2KH45T3YC5DOA del pillar


  • 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

    • tarikan

      Wait for Judgement Day? That is a lame reason for the sorry state of Philippine justice system. In the Philippines, it is a lot better to be the perpetrator not the victim. If one was a murder victim, tapos na, finito. Pero kung ikaw ay perpetrator you have all the chances. Nariyan yung ginagapang sila tro judges, technicality justices. Sa mga judges, justices daig ng pera ang hiya. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC2U2QUAREAK42HNUTSNQGBVI SolitaJ

    Okay, this guy might be the accessory, the tool, the implementer, but who is the mastermind? Why couldn’t we settle this score? Hanggang ngayon feudal system pa rin tayo? Saan ba galing ang powers ng mga makapangyarihan na yan? Sinong maysabi na untouchables sila? Hari ka man, may hangganan ka rin!

  • kilabot

    the abnoying truth is that dacer and corbito committed suicide. that’s it folks. show is over.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      can’t rely on PNP for forensic investigation.  Everybody is corrupt.
      Mostly are PMA grads.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

      Go kill yourself too bobo

  • tarikan

    It is very elementary, my dear Watson said Sherlock to his best friend Dr. Watson. First establish the motive for the murder. No motive no murderer. Sino ba ang nag-away sa Malacanang 2 days before the abduction? Sino ang may power umorder sa PAOCTF? Sila sa PAOCTF ay napag-utusan laang. Simple lang, di ba Dr. Watson? 

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

    This proves that justice in the Philippines is only for the powerful and well-connected. Hope the Dacer-Corbito victims and families will find consolation that there will still be divine justice that is still waiting to be imposed against the culprits.

  • AllinLawisFair

    But why did he flee?

    • catmanjohn

      If a devious clown like Estrada was out to put a fix on you, only a dumb, deaf, and blind man would not have fled.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

    Noynoy administration is good only for the passage of RH Bill.
    Lacson made a malacanan deal with Noynoy…and the former enjoys the “Tuwad Na Daan” peace (as long as he’ll do everything for the latter’s vindictiveness to Gloria).
    Hahahahahahahaha!  It’s a fact!  What about the balckmailed Yuchengco’s PLDT significant common shares of stocks?
    Hahahahahahaha!  Tuwad Na Daan…para sa 3 KKK’s lang.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    what is the reason why Michael Aquino was hiding in the U.S ? and why the judicial court did not considered this big escape as an admission of guilt.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHGUJ3OJZAOIMBYYWTABNV2EEM Ai

    IMHO, Erap was the real brain(less?) in the killing of Dacer/Corbito due to BW Shares Scandal.

     Unwritten rules: “Pag gagawa ka ng kalokohan, wag kang pahuhuli.Pag nahuli ka, wag kang aamin. Pag aamin ka, wag kang mandadamay. Pag nandamay ka, magtago ka na.”

  • catmanjohn

    Anyone who wanted to get rid of Arroyo should be considered a patriot.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

    ayos yan at nakalabas na sa kulongan, madali na rin isalvage yan kagaya ng mga pinatay nya.

  • damiranda126

    Michael Ray Aquino and Cesar Mancao are just the executors.  Panfilo Lacson is the planner, Joseph Estrada is the head of the snake.  Madali lang intindihin yan, mahirap kung magbubulagbulagan ka.

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