Ping Lacson wants to make peace with Erap

by David Dizon,

Posted at Feb 27 2012 12:04 PM | Updated as of Feb 27 2012 08:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines - After a very public world war, Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Monday said he is now ready to bury the hatchet with former President Joseph Estrada.

Speaking on ANC's "Headstart," Lacson said he has already made peace with Estrada's son, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, after a public falling out with the Estradas during the so-called "EDSA Dos revolt" in 2001.

"Yes. We have buried the hatchet but not in each other's heads," he said, referring to Jinggoy.

Asked if he has spoken to the former president, Lacson said: "We haven't talked but I want to make peace with him kasi after all matagal din ang pinagsamahan namin since he was vice-president and I was his Task Force Habagat chief."

Lacson served under Estrada in the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force and as Philippine National Police chief when Estrada was elected president.

The two had a falling out after Lacson withdrew his support for Estrada and urged him to step down during EDSA 2.

Estrada and Lacson have also clashed publicly over the unsolved murders of publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito, in 2000, with each claiming the other masterminded the crime.

Lacson said he was irked with Estrada after the latter "insinuated" that Lacson had something to do with the Dacer-Corbito killings. 

"Kaya lang naman ako napikon kay former president Erap I think he was in Malabon way back in 2008-2009, he was asked by some reporters about the Dacer-Corbito case. Ang sagot niya: 'Itanong niyo kay Lacson dahil siya ang may alam ng Oplan Delta. Noon ko lang narinig yung Oplan Delta. I never heard of it until he mentioned that. He could have said he doesn't know instead of pointing to me,'" he said.

Since then, Lacson said he has been fending off accusations that he masterminded the so-called Oplan Delta.

He added, however, that he is willing to set their differences aside to make peace with the former president.

"Pag natandaan ko yung hirap din, naaalala ko nung vice-president siya, he was also being persecuted. Nagpawala din...dahil he was the front-runner, a shoo-in for the presidency in 1998. Nadadamay din kami nun," he said.

"Nagkasama din kami sa operations tsaka yung ambush sa Santo Tomas. Temporary lang naman yung tampuhan o alitan but that's more temporary than anything else. I want to make peace with him," he added.