MANILA — As a precaution to the imminent arrival of former Senior Superintendent Cezar Mancao II, the Justice Department said it will keep secret the exact date of his return at the request of Mancao.
Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said he has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to provide such protection as he awaits advise from the US on Mancao’s return.
“I will be sending a team of NBI agents to the US the moment they tell us when,” he said.
Meanwhile, former police Senior Supt. Glenn Dumlao, who is also being extradited from the US like Mancao, confirmed the statement he made in his affidavit saying that Sen. Panfilo Lacson was involved in the killing of publicist Salvador Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in 2000.
According to Gonzalez, Dumlao “has issued a third affidavit upholding his first affidavit.” “Now as to whether his affidavit is enough to indict some people, I cannot comment on that yet,” he added.
In his first affidavit executed in 2001, Dumlao had named another Lacson aide, Michael Ray Aquino, as having ordered him to “case” and kill Dacer. But in 2003 he executed another affidavit claiming he was perssured to pin down Lacson in the case.
The contents of the Dumlao’s third affidavit could not yet be revealed, Gonzalez said, but Reynaldo Berroya, general manager of the state-run Metro Rail Transit Authority, to whom Dumlao surrendered after the killings, would corroborate his [Dumlao] statements.
Dumlao and former police Senior Supt. Cesar Mancao had worked for Lacson, who was serving under President Joseph Estrada as head of a police task force against crime at the time of the killings.
Sen. Lacson has denied involvement in the case.