MANILA – A key suspect in the killing of former president Joseph Estrada’s publicist Salvador “Bobby” Dacer and driver Emmanuel Corbito has named the mastermind behind the crime, the victims’ lawyers said Thursday.
Lawyers Zenaida Ongkiko and Demy Custodio said the suspect, former police officer Cesar Mancao, named the mastermind in a sworn statement dated Feb. 14. Mancao is still in detention in the US but is expected to be extradited to Manila in two weeks.
The lawyers said the information was revealed by Mancao to Dacer’s daughter Carina when they met for the extradition hearing in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Carina Dacer now lives in New York City.
“But we are not at liberty at the moment to reveal the contents of his testimony. We will reveal the full contents once our client (Dacer) gives us the authority to do so,” Ongkiko said.
Mancao, a member of the defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF), is one of the primary suspects in the Dacer-Corbito murder case, he is detained in the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Edgefield, South Carolina , a medium security facility housing.
Custodio declined to comment if Mancao mentioned the name of Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who was then the chief of PAOCTF.
Meanwhile, Lacson accused Malacanang of plotting the extradition of Mancao to embarrass him. He accused Romeo Prestoza, chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces (ISAFP), of forcing Mancao to link him in the case. He said Prestoza’s wife confirmed this information to him.
Malaca?ang, however, doubted if Mancao’s testimony will be enough to solve the case, according to Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita.
Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said Mancao and fellow accused Glen Dumlao will be in the Philippines in two weeks after not contesting the extradition case filed by Manila . The US , he said, has also agreed to the extradition. -- PNS