MANILA – Former Superintendent Cezar Mancao, one of the accused in the Dacer-Corbito double murder case, revealed he tried to reach out to his former boss, Senator Panfilo Lacson, but his efforts proved futile.
Mancao, who escaped detention at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Thursday out of fear that Lacson is out to get him, said he tried to patch things up with his "influential" former boss so he could return to his normal life.
Mancao had accused Lacson of masterminding the killing of publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000.
"In fact nag-reach out kami - pati nanay ko na matanda na. Tiniis ko na lang para malubayan na ako. Pero kahit gumamit pa ako ng ibang tao - classmates niya, classmates ko, anak niya, kapatid niya, may senador pa, kahit sino pang pulitiko - talagang wala nang pag-asa. Hands down sila na hindi na magbabago ang kanyang pagpapahirap sa akin," Mancao told radio dzMM.
He said he failed to talk to Lacson, but he asked fellow accused, former police intelligence officer Michael Ray Aquino, to relay his message to the senator.
"Si Michael Ray pinaabot ko kay Senator Lacson ang aking request na sana naman matulungan din, na mag-ano na lang kami - back to at least kaibigan man lang. Siguro para mailagay na rin po ako sa maayos. Huwag din naman akong gipitin dahil na-implicate ko siya o nasira ko ang kanyang imahe," he said.
Mancao yesterday said he had to escape from his detention cell at the NBI due to his impending transfer to a city jail. He fears something might happen to him inside a regular detention facility.
He named Lacson as the unseen hand who can allegedly influence officials – from NBI honchos up to court officials and judges – in pressuring him to give up his "pursuit of justice."
"At least magaan ang karamdaman ko dito sa labas. Sa personal safety ko may laban ako dito kesa doon, madaling kitilin ang buhay ko," he said.
"Talagang nalagay ako sa hindi magandang sitwasyon. Sana maayos, mukhang 'di pabor sa akin ang mga nagiging pataw eh. Kaya medyo marapatin ko na lang sana na dito muna ako sa labas."
Don't shoot to kill
With government forces now out to hunt him down, Mancao made an appeal that no "shoot-to-kill" order be handed down against him.
Mancao lamented he should have been first to have been released from jail since he was just a witness. This, after the Manila Regional Trial Court said there was no evidence against Aquino, and the Court of Appeals dismissed the murder raps against Lacson at the time the latter was in hiding.
"Dapat mauna pa akong lumabas kay Michael Ray Aquino. Bakit ngayon ang kakalabasan ako na mako-convict dito?" Mancao asked, adding that he received an information from a reliable source that the judge handling his case has links to Lacson.