Lacson still wanted until warrant is lifted by RTC

MANILA, Philippines – police manhunt operations against fugitive Senator Panfilo Lacson will not be recalled despite the recent ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) nullifying the warrant of arrest against the senator.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesman, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said that their manhunt against Lacson, who was also a former PNP chief, will continue until such time that his warrant of arrest is lifted by the lower courts.

“We will wait for the lifting of the warrant of arrest against him by the Regional Trial Court (RTC)… that is the stand of the PNP,” Cruz said in a text message.

Earlier, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said that they will follow the decision of the appellate court in nullifying the arrest warrant against the senator, who supported the President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in last year’s elections.

Lacson left the country last February, days before a warrant of arrest could be issued against him by a Manila RTC for the infamous Dacer-Corbito double murder case.

The former PNP chief is facing double-murder charges in connection with the murder of publicist, Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito in late 2000.

The tracker teams were formed after Interior and Local Goverment secretary Jesse Robredo said that he was not inclined to approve the PNP’s proposal of P2 million reward for the arrest of the fugitive senator.

Lacson’s former protegee, ex-police Supt. Cesar Mancao has testified before the Department of Justice (DOJ) that it was the former senator gave the order for a ‘special operation’ targeting Dacer. Anthony Vargas

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