Lacson surprised by names in ‘Order of Battle’ now banned by new law



MANILA, Philippines — Not just the usual suspects.

Sometimes an “order of battle” would include the name of a government official that intelligence reports would link to crimes like drugs and kidnapping.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson recalled being surprised upon reading the name of one such individual when he still had access to the so-called hit list of enemies of the state that the military has been prohibited from issuing following the enactment of the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act last week.

“You would be surprised and wonder why the names of some personalities are there,” he said in Filipino in a radio interview Sunday.

Pressed to explain, Lacson said he volunteered the observation “as a general description. Sometimes, I would read an OB and tell myself, ‘why, I had no clue this guy would be doing this or that’!’ Because there are instances no one would have an inkling (hindi mo akalain) that a government official listed there would be involved in drugs and kidnapping.”

Lacson said that after recovering from his initial shock, he would go through the “accompanying summaries and information” and realize that the person’s inclusion in the OB “made sense” because the reports justifying so were convincing.

The senator refused to reveal the names he read in previous OBs.

Lacson said an OB’s contents were not supposed to be released to media “because it is like telegraphing the punches of the military and the PNP (Philippine National Police).”

Lacson told the Philippine Daily Inquirer later in a series of text messages that he had encountered such names when he was still director general of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and while still involved in other law enforcement agencies.

In the interview, the senator added that the crafting of an OB was not a whimsical matter and involved the intelligence networks of the military, the PNP and the National Bureau of Investigation.

“It is a product of an intelligence workshop of the military, NBI, PNP…based on the summary of information (SI) about a group of persons or a specific individual,” Lacson said.

An SI could be based on intelligence reports gathered by the government’s intelligence community or from information that had already been “confirmed by other sources.”

These sources bring in reports that have been “compiled, accumulated and become basis for who would be included” in the OB.

While some names belonged to those who had existing warrants and were known to have criminal records or are charged with criminal offenses, Lacson said there were also cases when a name was unfortunately included due to “intelligence reports that are not always true. The intelligence community can commit mistakes.”

Lacson said the main purpose of an OB was to “guide” the military and the police in identifying the personalities who deserved to be “covered by more intelligence efforts.”

“The OB gives a focus since there would be dossiers that provide material pertaining to the activities and venues of the modus operandi of certain people,” he noted.

Trouble started when the OB was abused or when protocol was not followed, Lacson said.

Asked whether he has encountered stories of enforced disappearances (or state-sponsored abductions and murders), Lacson did not give a categorical answer but noted that in some cases, “there would be overeager law enforcement units or personalities that could not build a case or cannot gather enough evidence to stand in court even if they are certain that a person is deeply involved in (an illegal activity).

Lacson said frustration would force these individuals to resort to “such things (sa gan’ung mga bagay).”

Lacson stressed that during his stint in the military and PNP, enforced disappearances were not tolerated but added that the practice existed (“hindi mawawala ‘yan”) and that such was also done in other countries (“maski sa ibang bansa practice din yan”).

“It’s a risk we take as law enforcement agents…to get more information or to validate the pursued target, maraming dahilan (there were many reasons). Yung iba naman out of frustration, yung iba overeager sila, nagmamadali yung…trabahong tamad yun, eh (In other cases, they did it out of frustration, the others were overeager, they were in a rush … but that’s the work of the lazy),” he pointed out.

“One is supposed to develop intelligence out of sheer intelligence efforts. Talagang babantayan mo, naka-stake out ka. Bantayan mo ang quarry mo. ‘Yung iba, dahil siguro may pressure, may deadline. Nagre resort na lang. ‘Eto ang ating target siguro kunin na lang natin ‘yon tapos bahala na sa bandang huli. Parang ganun ang nangyari (You really have to guard your target, you go on stake-out.  You have to watch your quarry.  But some were under pressure, were facing deadlines.  So, they just resorted to shortcuts. ‘This is our target.  Let’s just grab him and let’s see what turns out in the end, come what may.’  That’s probably what happened),” the senator explained.

However, he said he knew of instances when a “leak” would be made “to put a target on spot.”

“For example, maybe a person gained an enemy who has access to the OB and would leak that page containing his name in OB,” the senator recalled.

“Merong ibang information na suntok sa buwan. Alam mong nambobola ang gumawa ng OB or may galit or for political reasons nilagay yung pangalan (ng kagalit). Pilit na pilit, ika nga (There were information that were simply a shot at the moon.  You knew that the writer of the OB was making things up or he had an axe to grind for political reasons, that’s why he put the name there.  It was really forced),” he added.

Lacson put his awareness of this practice to good use when he warned detractors in the Arroyo administration against including his name in the OB in 2002.

At that time, Lacson was in the early years of his first term as senator when the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) produced a witness known then as “Ador Mawanay” who alleged that Lacson had ties to illegal drug activities.

“When I got hold of a copy of that list (2002 OB) from my PNP contacts at that time, I warned the PNP leadership and the intelligence community during a committee hearing on illegal drugs presided by the late Sen. Robert Barbers against an afterthought of including my name since I already had a hard copy (where my name was not listed),” Lacson said in a text message.

Apparently, those concerned listened to the senator’s warning and did not include his name despite Mawanay’s insistence.

Also in the interview, Lacson confirmed previous reports that the practice of enforced disappearances was most rampant (“pinakatalamak”) during the martial law years when the military was emboldened by the perception that it was “impregnable” and lost its “sense of vulnerability.”

However, he noted that members of the leftist movement who were quick to make noise about human rights violations suffered by their colleagues should also check their own backyard for possible offenders.

“Marami rin silang dinudukot na ‘di na nakikita. Minsan sa hanay nila mismo. May mga nawawala tapos sina-summary execute nila  (They also snatched many people from their own ranks and these people were never seen again.  These people disappeared and were summarily executed by them),” the senator said over radio.

“It’s a pity that we view the issue of human rights in a one-sided manner…We tend to focus only on (violations committed by) law enforcement (agents), but there are also numerous human rights victims among the ranks of the police and military but these are hardly documented  by the Commission on Human Rights,” he added.

Lacson added he was certain (“sigurado”) that leftist groups committed more cases of enforced disappearances.

“Kung titimbangin mo mas marami pa. Hindi na nga baka, sigurado mas maraming committed by so-called enemies of the state. Not only against the military and the police but also against civilians they terrorized (When you weighed facts, they (rebels) have committed more cases of enforced disappearances.  Surely, the so-called enemies of the state committed more cases. Not only against the military and the police but also against civilians they terrorized,” he noted.

Lacson said there were numerous cases when civilians living in far-flung areas were visited at home and forced to support the movement.

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  • Mike Henry French

    hahahahaa ang isda nga naman…ni nahuhuli sa buntot…kundi sa bunganga, make him DILG chief?

    • batangpaslit

      Huli sa bunganga? paano?
      Ping, dished out what he knows. And he’s authoritative to speak these things since that is where he came from.
      The info Ping gave out did not proceed from interogation.
      He exposed the abuses and ills committed by people in the armed services.

    • stilettoL2

       Tao nga naman di nag iisip, basta maka comment.

  • kimo211

    next president?

  • scconcern

    The military and police is more suceptible to abuses because the state provide abundant funding and advance weaponry, worst they are not independent minded and will not stand against orders that is bad/evil. They are trained to follow and complain later, which often abuse by their leaders. Also, if you look at Pinoy culture, “utang na loob” is still engrained, that they are onligated to return favor without logic and reasoning.
    The human rights applies more to the marginalize, underpreveledge and exploited group of citizenry. The military/police are elite and previledge group of the goverment.
    Human rights abuses will be minimize, if Putocracy is abolish in this country and with power/control in the hands pluralistic citizenry.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      I agree with your comment about ‘utang na loob’. 
      Padrenos is also rampant.  This is a small country and everybody is almost related. 
      When a corrupt individual is arrested all that indebted to him will offer fo the help to exonerate the arrested individual.

      Indebtedness is ingrain in our society and people are always looking for powerful of influential padrenos. 

      It’s our fault gullible Filipinos that we remain poor and a doormat in the Asia.  We’re not well engage in the politics, about politicians, what are these politicians, our lawmakers and we’re more engage in entertainments, tv shows, movies and beauty contests. 

      Nobody looks at the Pinoy brains that are well recognized abroad, remember Penaflorida, another kid honored by UN?  Philippines government never keep them on the limelight except when international news pick up the event.  No promotional program for them to continue in the front page.

      This is our cycle of miseries and it’s our fault.

  • Colokoy

    tsk tsk tsk

  • Danyale

    Sen. Panfilo Lacson said:……Quote…”He recalled being surprised upon reading the name of one such individual when he still had access to the so-called hit list of enemies of the state that the military has been prohibited from issuing following the enactment of the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act last week.
    Lacson said that after recovering from his initial shock, he would go through the “accompanying summaries and information” and realize that the person’s inclusion in the OB “made sense” because the reports justifying so were convincing”……un-quote….

    In these context at nang malaman ni Sen. Lacson na ang pangalan niya na nasa OB (during the Arroyo regime), he packed-up pronto and bade A~dieu, but before fleeing he said to himself…….Au-revoir…..and he did….quietly.

    • stilettoL2

       I didn’t find anything from the article that Mr. Lacson was included in the OB.

      • John_Cruz

        You have to read in between the lines. He was shocked to see his name in the order of battle. The OB should be periodically reviewed by the Senate Intelligence committee composing of majority and minority parties.

  • OleSapra aka ARGUS


    ANA: “Ang ibig sabihin ba ng Order of Battle eh nanghihingi ng ‘sang boteng lambanog?”

    LISA: “Hindeee!! Lenguahe ng Intelligence Community ang term na ‘yan. Tulad ng TARGET, ibig sabihin eh putative defendant siya, halimbawa, bilang operator ng jueteng, pero wala pang malinaw at direktang ebidensiya laban sa target, getz mo?”

    CION: “Ang isang SUBJECT naman eh under investigation base sa hawak na ebidensiya ng Intelligence Agent, samantala, ang WITNESS eh hindi under investigation but is only required to testify or produce documents as a witness to a SUBJECT’s or TARGET’s conduct. Intiende?”

  • pulis

    Maraming alam si Lacson kasi sya ang pasimuno at expert sa mga nawawalang witness laban sa kanya…

  • Spy to

    Nagsalita si herodes!!!! Lol….

    • leomar101

       Nice to know you are also here.

  • Loggnat

    Instead of “Order of Battle” list or Hit list just change the name to ” Persons of Interest” list. What is in the name of a certain list? Nothing!! What is important is what action (legal or Illegal) you will do to the individuals in that list. Also what basis were considered to get that individuals name included in that list.

  • Albert Einstien

    SIMPLE sir LACSON…they are PROTECTING NAMES of KKKs & red/yellow/black & whites…those involved in drugs, jueteng, illegal logging, illegal mining, smuggling,high corruption,kidnapping,money laundering,terrorism, SPIES conduits of foreign interests & enemies of the state..SOMETHING FISHY…….indeed…policies are becoming REDder & REDder…!

    • Marshall

      lang wenta…

  • watot

    OB serves no good purpose so long the AFP and PNP are corrupt.

  • max m

    how about an O B on the elected officials,that would give notice that their activities was being noticed . be a great way to clean up the RP

  • Estong

    OBs are good source of extra income from the abusive military personnel but most valuable to those who are really working hard to eradicate the bad elements in our society. If we abolish the OBs, we will still have involuntary disappearances  because the  OB is just a list. It’s nothing!

  • kilabot

    parehong may ob ang mil/pnp at ang mga nasa kabila; 
    si noykapon may ob para sa pork; 
    mga govt contractors may ob para sa bribe; 
    mga smugglers may ob ng mga kurakot na sa pwesto; 
    mga lgbt may ob ng kanilang kabaro at kakampi sa gobyerno;

  • manong_edwin

    OB is one hell of waste of people’s money and public funds. we are spending public funds without benefit for the people. only the AFP and PNP intelligence community ang nagkikinabang.  our legislators must enact law to prohibit this useless yet oppressive list. 

  • txtman





    • koolkid_inthehouse

      a movie? you dont need a movie.  it’s right there in front of you. everbody knows who did it but because of connections in fraternity brotherhood, secret societies and the like will continue to cover up corrupt individuals with membership. 

      You know why there’s so many fraternities is to help each other. 
      Philippine Military Academy has so many brotherhoods that they are the most secretive and most corrupt.

    • shots_fired

      haha fireproof about husband and wife naman po yun eto sa military po ito. at walang pong maitutulong ang movie , panandalian lang yan.

  • Reign

    Okey, Lacson, tell us about what happened in Dacer-Corbito double murder at Kuratong baleleng? Nagturo ang duguan ang kamay?! define hypocrite, e?

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    So what’s the secret society Free Mason is doing?  Can’t name the bro?

  • zeroko

    Wala na yuong sinasabi nilang “An Officer and a Gentlemen.” Mafia style na ang military. The code of silence prevails even among the corrupt Ex-miltarymen in civilian positions. I really do not know why PNoy and the other Presidents is afraid of the military and PNP. Everytime a new president takes his seat, he always appease or spoil the military by giving housing FREE, and increase in pay. Para bang bribe giver ang mga Presidents natin. Takot yata sila sa Mafia. He he he. 

    Another thing, confirmed na corrupt and present military and the exmilitarymen natin, why appoint them in the civilian positions after they retire? Si General Bartolome, newly retired PNP Head seems to be waiting for a “Lucrative” civilian position. He he he. Talaga itong mga Filipino-Chinese sa civilian government natin, they are scared of their shadow, they have to always spoil the Military and PNP so that it would not turn against him. 

    If that is the case, we the people should not vote these Presidents. First and foremost, before the Presidential election of 2016, there should be an open forum and ask the would-be Presidential candidates, first, are they scared of our military and PNP? Next, we will ask them if they will give concessions to the Military and PNP  again to the disadvantage of the civil servant? Palaging mga juicy position ang binibigay sa mga Ex-Generals. He he he. Bribe giver President.

    Tungkol sa denial, he he he. Magtataka ka paba? Me ang mga na salvage and kidnap, ayaw ilabas ng military…… 

  • zeroko

    The culture of denial is inherent in our military. You are not a true military-men if you are not a liar. He he he. Joke lang. Walang barilan………………….

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    There are so many generals in the Philippines for a small military force.
    Make the armed forces small but well trained and supply them with modern weaponry.  Make all able bodied Filipino citizens reservist, and train contineously and have benefits equivalent to government employees or military.  Promote career military personnel to top brass not only from PMA graduates.  Civilians, church, students and media should have a say on top brass promotions for PNP and AFP.

    • WAJ

       so mote it be!…

  • manuel

    Honor, Integrity and Character……Gen. Douglas MacArthur, USA lived and breathe what surmised as a Leader and the American Caesar…..I went to take my 4 years Baccalaureate degree as well as undergone Basic and Advance ROTC during the mid ’70s to 1981.   The ugly realities of how the culture of impunity created by corruption espoused by the drive of Marcos, to be Dictator President for life and be dynastic have seriously polarized and rendered the Philippines, impoverished, wracked by coup and power struggles between the Right winger and the Leftist, as well as the profound chasm between the rich and the poor.  

    To this Day, the very same Dysfunctional characters are playing it up like they bear a “Clean Hands”, when they in fact, are Chameleons as criminals are.  Lacson, stop pointing fingers and playing the blame game.  As a Law enforcement Officer, and in commission of a Human Rights violations, you became a criminal as you felt like you were cloaked as an instrument of the State, albeit persecution, not justice.  

    Lacson, you may be a practicing Liar and be good at distortion of Facts.  Deflecting of responsibilities as a Leader, does not relieved you of accountabilities.

    The road is fraught with hazards and treachery as you’ve terrorized your victims.  Your friend PC Col. Abadilla, met his untimely demise in the hands of one of his previous victim as they know each other…….

  • WAJ

    For me BO should have been a Top Secret documents. It should have been for the eyes of the Chief of Staff, Secretary of Defense, and finally the President of the Philippines. And that is the chain of command with integrity.  

  • turbogirl9

    OB means obstericians

  • del pillar

    Sa penultimate paragraph po ng balitang ito hindi ko po matanggap na parang ginajustify ni Sen. Lacson na ganito ang ibig sabihin “kung may nagawang kasalanan ang mga alagad o tagapangalaga ng batas ay may nagawang kasalanan, mas marami ang ginawa, ginagawa o gagawin ng maka-kaliwa”??? Sa aking pong pananaw hindi dapat gawing katwiran ang ganitong pananalita sapagkat ang tungkuling po ng nasa pamahalaan o talapangalaga ng batas ay hindi dapat gumawa, ginigawa o gagawin ang labag sa BATAS, hindi po ba??

    • Jezzrel

      Mahirap bang tanggapin na sinabi niynag di lang naman sa militar ang mga may maling nagwa kundi sa mga leftist din?

  • del pillar


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