Wife appeals for gov’t protection for Mancao

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LOS ANGELES, California—The wife of former police Senior Superintendent Cezar Mancao has appealed to the Aquino administration to help protect her husband from Senator Panfilo Lacson.

Speaking through the family’s US-based lawyer, Maricar Mancao said their family feared that Lacson, whom her husband had implicated as the mastermind in the murders of public relations agent Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito, in 2000, would kill him.

“The government made him come home to tell the truth. Now, it has abandoned and discredited him,” said lawyer Arnedo Valera, quoting Maricar Mancao, who lives in Florida. “The government is duty-bound to keep him safe.”

Valera said Maricar Mancao sounded very distraught when she talked to him on the phone on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Maricar, who called Valera’s law office in Washington, D.C., said the family “feels at a loss,” he added.

Mancao, a suspect in the Dacer-Corbito murders, escaped from his cell in the National Bureau of Investigation early Thursday.

He claimed there was a threat to his life and said he would not surrender as long as he felt his life was threatened.

Mancao was scheduled to be transferred to the Manila City Jail Thursday morning on orders from the Manila City Regional Trial Court Branch 18. After his escape, Mancao told journalists that he had learned about a plot to move him to the city jail and kill him there. He said Lacson was behind the plan.

Mancao fled to the United States in 2001. When Mancao was extradited, Valera served as his legal counsel during the extradition hearings.

Mancao returned to the Philippines in 2009 and offered to serve as state witness. Valera, who is also a family friend, accompanied Mancao and his family on their trip back to Manila.

After the Court of Appeals found Mancao unfit to serve as state witness because of inconsistencies in his testimony, the Manila court hearing the case rejected his petition to be accepted as witness for the state.

“(Mancao) came home to tell the truth and extended an apology to the Filipino people,” Valera said. “Unfortunately, he was discredited as a witness, because of influence peddling by those in power who had something to do with the murders.”

Valera urged Mancao to surrender as he appealed to the Aquino administration to protect Mancao and “prosecute the masterminds of these heinous crimes.”

In linking Lacson to the Dacer-Corbito murders, Mancao claimed that the then chief of the Philippine National Police  ordered the hit on Dacer because the PR agent had become a fierce critic of then Ppesident Joseph Estrada.

The Department of Justice  filed murder charges against Lacson in 2010, but the senator fled the country before the court could order his arrest. He returned to the country in 2011 after the Court of Appeals ordered that the charges against him be dropped.

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  • kanoy

    JUSTICE IN THE PHILIPPINNES IS EASILY BOUGHT AND PAID FOR
    THE LAST THING THE PHILIPPINES CARES ABOUT IS THE TRUTH

  • regd

    Mancao’s previous testimonies are riddled with inconsistencies, his latest pronouncements are impregnated with malice devoid of any proof. He’s convicting the other stupid escape-artist guy, Lacsy, in the public eye. Why we always assume an individual guilty until proven innocent is beyond me!

    If I was the one in power, I would slap both of these idiots face and stomp their heads on the ground!

  • UrHONOR

    HINDI pa man, e, nakatitig na ang lahat kay Panfy na may malaking-malaking HINALA. Nature always does a balancing act….the proud will be humbled and the killer will be exacted it’s comeuppance.

  • Brix Villapando

    Unahan mo na si baklah! Itutumba ka talaga niyan….

  • wawa2172

    This is the negative effect of having PNoy befriending Senator Lacson. PNoy is so helpless in stopping Ping in his plan to slowly by slowly injecting fear on Mancao before killing him and make his body into a well done human steak like Dacer and Corbito. It is very gruesome to think that a killer personifying Kamatayan is roaming around the administration of PNoy. One day in the near future PNoy will regret of having Ping as a friend especially when he is no longer in power. PNoy never have someone to love him well except his sisters. He does not have a wife and a child like Mancao who risked his life to give justice to Dacer and Corbito murder case. The wife and child of Mancao are living in fear. The government whom he trusted when he opted to be a state witness is now the one running after him as a fugitive and Ping is just waiting for PNoy’s men to capture Mancao then he will do the finale of putting him to rest. Remember how Tulfo story goes then , Ping abducted the husband of his wife now and throw him out of the helicopter. Well, Ping is a very smart person and personifying Kamatayan is something he have perfected.

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