MANILA, Philippines – A daughter of slain publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer has requested media not to air live the ongoing manhunt operations against fugitive Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson.
Carina Dacer, who went to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday, said live coverage of efforts to capture Lacson would only alert the lawmaker.
She likened the situation to the August 23 Manila hostage crisis, wherein 8 Hong Kong tourists were killed by a rogue police officer who went amuck after seeing his brother arrested by police during the negotiations.
“May resources available to that [capture Lacson]. I think ang issue ko, in fairness to everyone in the media, na pag may pinu-pursue, you don’t show it live. Kasi pag hinahabol siya and you show it live, it doesn’t help us kasi siyempre he’ll be alerted,” she said.
The US-based Dacer, who is in the Philippines for a visit, wanted to meet DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday, but the justice chief was not available for a meeting as she was reportedly busy the whole day.
As to de Lima’s statements that Lacson is hiding in Metro Manila, Dacer said she trusts the judgment of the justice chief.
“They can say nasa Metro Manila siya, iyun I'm fine. I believe in the judgment of the secretary. Huwag lang ipapakita live iyung pursuit.”
She declined to comment on the appointment of lawyer Magtanggol Gatdula – a former subordinate of Lacson – as head of the National Bureau of Investigation.
Dacer said she trusts in the decisions made by President Benigno Aquino III.
She urged Lacson, who has been tagged in the murder of her father and his driver Emmanuel Corbito, to surface.
“He should face the case, it’s as simple as that. [A] senator of laws creates the laws,” she said. “[Ang] pagtatago niya, ‘di mo maintindihan.”
Dacer added that she is not growing impatient over the case. “Ako sa efforts, hindi naman ako naiinip kasi they’re doing their best. Naiinip ako sa aksyon ni Senator Lacson kasi again, he is a senator. He should be respecting the law.”
He also urged legislators to get tougher on public officials who violate the law. “Maybe it’s something they should tackle, changing our laws na pag may senator, congressman, or politician involved in a crime, he should not serve, period.”- report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News