Mancao to do a Lacson

NBI agents scour malls, motels, ‘but they won’t find me’



Cezar Mancao. INQUIRER file photo

National Bureau of Investigation agents have been scouring eastern Metro Manila for two days but have found no trace of the slippery fugitive Cezar Mancao II, though he has made himself available for TV, radio and print interviews.

The manhunt for the escaped suspect in the Dacer-Corbito murders took the agents on Thursday and Friday to Green Acres subdivision in Cainta, Ever Gotesco Mall on Ortigas Extension, Madison Square in Greenhills, Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong City, Le Gran Hotel in San Juan City and places along Sumulong Highway in Antipolo.

They raided motels and what they believed were safe houses in Quezon City and Carmona, Cavite, and areas near the metropolis where the signal of Mancao’s cell phone had been monitored but they did not find the former police officer who escaped from his cell at NBI headquarters early on Thursday.

The Inquirer managed to reach Mancao by phone late Saturday and learned that he was running ahead of his pursuers because he was receiving information from friends.

Mancao did not answer the Inquirer’s question whether it was true that NBI agents missed him by minutes in Bulacan on Friday night, but said his pursuers would never get him.

“They are just wasting their time and resources, they won’t find me,” Mancao said. “What they will spend in looking for me is better donated to the victims of Typhoon ‘Pablo’ in Compostela Valley.”

Mancao is from Compostela Valley and he is running for a seat on the provincial board in the midterm elections on May 13.

“Just like Ping Lacson, I will not surrender,” Mancao said, referring to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who was also accused in the Dacer-Corbito case but went into hiding before he could be ordered arrested. Lacson returned in 2011 after the Court of Appeals threw out the charges against him.

“I will surface only after the court issues a decision favorable to me,” Mancao said.

“Like Senator Lacson, I will only surface after the injustice done to me has been corrected,” Mancao said, referring to his being treated as an accused in the case instead of as a government witness.

The former police senior superintendent is fighting a court decision to reject his request to be allowed to serve as a state witness.

Losing state protection

His request having been rejected, he now stands to lose government protection and faces detention in the Manila City Jail.

The court ordered Mancao’s transfer to the city jail on Tuesday and he was supposed to be moved there two days later. But he received information about the order and escaped after 1 a.m. on Thursday.

Mancao telephoned news organizations to say he escaped because he received information that he would be killed once he had been transferred to the city jail.

He said Lacson, whom he had implicated as the mastermind behind the murders in 2000 of public relations executive Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito, was behind the plan to get him killed.

Lacson refused to comment on Mancao’s allegation, but said he had long forgiven his former protégé for implicating him in the case and that he had no interest in him.

“I am better off as a fugitive now, though I hope I will not be pursued as a hardened criminal,” Mancao said. “I also did good things for my country by fighting criminality.”

He said he hoped his pursuers would give up the search for him.

“I hope they will lay off, because though I am not a hardened criminal, I will not hesitate to fight if I see that my pursuers intend to harm me,” he said.

Mancao’s training

Reynaldo Esmeralda, NBI deputy director for intelligence services, admitted in an interview that capturing Mancao was proving difficult for the bureau.

“It’s a big challenge because he knows what we are doing and he is also trained for this thing,” Esmeralda said. “But we have a job to do. We are bent on getting him back.”

The Department of Justice ordered the manhunt for Mancao intensified, but said nothing about a reward for information that would lead to the former police officer’s capture.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters yesterday that he had no information about a bounty being offered for the capture of Mancao.

Mancao’s freely talking to journalists has embarrassed law enforcers, but Lacierda said the government could not compel reporters to share their knowledge of Mancao’s whereabouts.

Lacierda acknowledged that journalists are bound by ethics, but said the government would like to get information from journalists as “assistance” for the search for Mancao. With a report from Michael Lim Ubac

 First posted 8:37 pm | Saturday, May 4th, 2013

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  • pubringjuandelacruz

    in tagalog… “Di ako pahuhuli ng buhay!”

  • Guest

    ngaun si mancao ..nag ingay si pnot…dahil galit siya kay gma…kaya besfren niya na si plinky di niya pinatugis nung nagtatago..asan un tuwid na daan

  • kilabot

    the majority supports, cesar;
    even the families of dacer and corbito;
    don’t let noykapon, erap and pinky
    get their hands on you, cesar;
    if noykapon’s admin can’t bring
    justice to dacer/corbito,
    then at least embarrass it
    by your escape the pinkylacson way.

    • go88

      Well said!

  • epros

    Parang manok ha ha ha

  • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

    Mancao speaking like a real celebrity telling court to come up with a decision in his favor. Nothing else is acceptable to him.

    Yes sir! Wow, hanep.

  • Twister12

    “I will surface only when the court’s decision will be favorable to me”. And he wanted the people to believe he escaped because he’s afraid he’ll be killed. Holy cow Mancao. No wonder people doesn’t believe you anymore because when you talk talo mo pa si Boy Abunda.

  • Tommy

    Who cares about what he thinks? At this point, he’s a common criminal, nothing more.

  • joshmale2004

    The way he is talking, he is now under the protection of untouchables. The NBI is looking at the wrong places. why not try looking for him in Pampanga where the area is under the control of a big jueteng lord in that area.

  • wawa2172

    I pity Mancao, he did his country a service to give justice to Dacer and Corbitio who were murdered and burned to ashes in Cavite, Ping Lacson bailiwick. The court did an injustice to Mancao. Like Lozada who was convince to be a witness against the Pandak, now he is in jeopardy of being sent to jail. The lucky one is Rabosa who is a state witness against the generals on Pabaon issue but the cases he filed at Ombudsman was thrown to bin. Well, between Mancao and Ping, I believe in Mancao. Ping acted as the Kamatayan, he is posses and PNoy should be watchful of the person.

  • nes911

    Dapat kay mancao ay i-shoot to kill order na kung pupwede. Hindi na dapt palampasin ang mga ganitong klasing kriminal.

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