Saturday, February 06, 2010

Fugitive Lacson

So the warrant is finally out. Upon learning that an arrest warrant was issued against Senator Lacson, I cannot help but have that sinking feeling and feel sorry for the general state of the country. His persecution is reflective of the callousness of the highest officials of the land. Here is one person persecuted to the hilt by a regime that is accused with the extrajudicial killing and enforced disappearance of more than a thousand people. This is the same regime responsible for the slow death of thousands of Filipinos for hunger.

And what evidence do they have against Senator Lacson? An affidavit of one man, that’s all. The witness is not even a close subordinate of the senator and the affidavit was revised for so many times. Yes, Cesar Mancao is not a protégée of Lacson. Nor is Michael Ray Aquino. The two are the aides of Joseph Ejercito Estrada, the plunderer pardoned by Gloria Arroyo. This is the same Estrada who is now very suspiciously quiet at this point of the election period. This is the same Joseph Estrada whose name should have appeared in the warrant instead of Senator Lacson.

If you examine the track record of Pafilo Lacson the soldier and policeman, you can hardly see a killing targeted against a personal enemy. His record and that of Rodrigo Duterte are similar. The victims in the business end of their guns are never their political or personal enemies. If Lacson and Duterte had a penchant in killing their personal enemies, then Berroya would not be around today. The same with Nograles.

But look at Estrada. Remember Bentain? The offense of the person was to leak the tape of Estrada gambling with Atong Ang. And how about Dacer? Whom did he offend?

And the foremost question is “What would have Lacson gained if he ordered the murder of Dacer?” What’s in it for him?

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Addendum: February 7, 2010

I came accross the "On Target" column of Ramon Tulfo in the Philippine Daily Inquirer posted on Fenruary 5, 2010 with title "Why Villar is overtaking Aquino in the surveys." As everyone who reads his column know by now, Ramon Tulfo is a fan of then Lt Lacson at the now defunct MISG but turned into a very bitter critic of Director General Lacson when the latter became Chief, PNP because the first order of the day of General Lacson was to stop the PNP "payola" to all hard hitting journalists. The Tulfo brothers lost nearly a million pesos monthly because of that order.

Anyway, back to the issue. In the first section of that article, Tulfo as usual, bashed Lacson. But in the process, be unwittinngly came to the defense of the embattled senator.

Here are the exact excerpts of his columns from www.inquirer.net

In the middle section, Tulfo was describing the relationship of Lacson and Estrada:

The former chief executive could only say by way of a comment: “He is no longer under me. He is a senator now. I think he is intelligent (enough) to know what to do.”

Of course, Mr. Former President, Lacson is no longer under you!

Even when you were still president, Lacson never thought he was under you; he never respected you.
Lacson’s contempt for Erap showed at a PNP fund-raising function at the Manila Hotel where Erap was guest of honor.

When somebody whispered to Lacson that Erap could not come to the function, the PNP and PAOCTF chief reportedly kicked the chair where his president was supposed to have sat in front of so many people.

That was an open defiance of, if not downright contempt, for the man who appointed him to the highest post in the police organization.


But in the last section, Tulfo stated this:

Why doesn’t Erap want to comment on Lacson’s flight from justice?

Why was Lacson contemptuous of his commander in chief?

The answer is pretty obvious: Lacson did dirty jobs for Erap before and during his term as president.

Who knows, one of those dirty jobs could have been the Dacer-Corbito double murders.


The irony cannot escape even the most simple-minded reader: If Lascon is contemptous to Erap and has no respect whatsoever for him, will he commit murder for him?

If this case goes to trial, I can almost hear the defense lawyer for Lacson say, "The defense calls its first witness, Mr Ramon Tulfo."

Logic!

3 comments:

  1. Hello pulisnapogi,
    i have encountered your blogsite only today, and i'm so fascinated and pleased that i can't stop reading them, and i plan to peruse them all, including your back blog issues.
    i can't think of any way to praise you without you thinking i'm condescending you; that's how i am thrilled to have found your site. it's like having suddenly a very good book! see, i know a good read (writer) when i see/read one, and you're certainly of them.
    i'm not too fond with the police in general, local or foreign, (some of them bursted my eardrums during an investigation) but i must say that your very logical summation of the fateful encounter between the police of bacoor and those politicians impressed me so much and made me believe that in that particular case the police had the corect standard of doing their duty. (i plan to watch the video,nevertheless)
    but enough for that for the meantime. what i want to do now is play the devil's advocate by asking you these questions: do you think the deaths of civilians in the territory of duterte, including the deaths of the four brothers, in the hands of those vigilantes, are justified because they were not his personal enemies and/or were not involved in politics?
    my second question is, isn't it possible that lacson's defiance to estrada is the result of what he perceives as betrayals, among many other things that could have made them enemies, from estrada, of which one is his present predicament, the dacer murder, that makes him a fugitive?
    from now on i'll keep me updated with your works aside from perusing all your fast and present blogs. i'll be posting as anonymous here for now; i have yet to establish an account connected this, but my name is vince.
    see you around, pulis.

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  2. hi pulis, supossing the defiance developed after the animosity that resulted from the "turuan" increased inevitably?
    vince

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  3. Thank you for the praises vince. I feel so unworthy of it that I sometimes feel that it is loaded with or almost bordering to sarcasm. Hahaha. Thanks anyway.

    To your questions:

    1. I am a firm believer of vox populi, vox dei. The people of Davao are not complaining, so what is the fuss? Whatever Duterte does, as long as they are approved by the people, as shown by the overwhelming votes he and his family get every election, then I beleive that it is justified. However, let me clarify this: people may say that this is also true in the Ampatuan territory (and other parts of the country ruled by clans and families like Abra) where it also appears that the people also support the actions of their elected leaders.

    There is one big difference in Duterte country: If one have gripes against the man, he can file your grievance in any legal forum of his choice like the Obudsman, DILG, etc and be assured that Duterte will face him in that forum and not anywhere else like the streets. His filing of cases against Duterte does not factor in his security risks.

    However, if he is a criminal within the sights of the business end of his gun, that person better get out of Davao fast. Hehe

    2. At the outset, let me state that I have no inside information about the lacson Estrada relationship. But from the public personas that they projected, it is obvious that the police officer closest to Estrada is not Lacson but Michael Ray Aquino. Lacson is a professional officer who knows his job and who happens to be in the right place at the right time. But nevertheless, Lacson lived for so long without Estrada so it is unlikely that he will die because Estrada dumps him.

    The first public crack in their relationship surfaced during the early days of the short-lived Estrada Presidency. If I remember it right, it was in 1999 when Lacson delivered a speech in a function in Camp Crame that he hinted of a possible fall-out with Erap. It was over jueteng wherein Lacson found that he cannot stop jueteng because it was Erap through Atong Ang and Chavit that is running it. His answer is simple: if the PNP cannot stop jueteng, then the least that he can do is prevent the PNP from benefiting from it. He gave the "no take" policy. This did not bode well with Erap and it almost cost him the CPNP position. It was also during this time that Erap bypassed Lacson in many things and directly deal with Michael Ray Aquino.

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