Mancao details escape from NBI custody

From a report by Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 03 2013 07:09 PM | Updated as of May 04 2013 04:44 AM

MANILA – Former Police Superintendent Cezar Mancao granted another interview to ABS-CBN on Friday to give details of his escape from the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

He said a few days before his escape, he managed to change the padlock of his detention cell.

Mancao insists that he had no inside help.

“’Yung lock ko na ganito din, ‘yun ang pinalit ko doon. Mayroon din akong susi para doon. So walang alam ang mga gwardiya,” he said.
   
Belying the NBI's report, Mancao said he did not walk out of the main gate to Taft Avenue but through the clearance building going over the gate to UN Avenue.

“Eto, medyo nasabit nga ako doon sa may matulis,” he said.

Mancao confirmed talking to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima twice on Thursday.

He said he will not surrender until government can guarantee his safety.

Mancao earlier blamed his predicament on Senator Panfilo Lacson, whom he accused of masterminding the Dacer-Corbito murders in 2000.

Mancao revealed that he tried to reach out to his former boss through several emissaries, including his ailing mother.

But his efforts proved futile.

“Nanay niya, pati kapatid niya tinawagan ko tatlong beses. Pati ang kanyang anak ay pinatawagan ko sa aking lawyer pero talagang…kilala niyo naman siguro si Senator Lacson, kung sa tingin niya tama o mali ay paninindigan niya,” said Mancao.

Mancao said he even considered a public apology.

“Gusto ko na nga makipag-kaibigan, ayoko ng may kalaban. Gusto ko na din sana makalimutan lahat at magsimula ulit. Sir, saludo ako sa’yo alam ko may maganda ka pa ding magagawa,” he said.

In a text message, Lacson said he has long forgiven Mancao and no longer has any interest in him.

“I have long forgiven him as I have forgiven those who made me suffer for 9 years of the Arroyo regime. Having said that, I have no interest in him,” the senator said.

Former President Joseph Estrada, who was once implicated in the case, has joined calls for Mancao to surrender.

Estrada said Mancao should air his grievances in court.