MANILA, Philippines - Authorities have confirmed that Senator Panfilo Lacson is abroad, as the possibility of his arrest in connection with the Dacer-Corbito double murder case looms.
Lacson has been absent from Senate sessions for 2 weeks.
He is one of the proponents of the ethics case against Senator Manny Villar, but his attendance during the vote on the probe this week is still uncertain.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said that Lacson wrote him a letter, saying that he cannot attend sessions in the meantime because he is abroad.
Enrile added that he "does not know" where Lacson is at the moment.
He said that Lacson's travel authority has already expired, thus making him officially absent from the sessions.
Sources from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) told ABS-CBN News that Lacson flew to Hong Kong last December, a few days before charges were filed against him in connection with the Dacer-Corbito case.
The court is expected to decide whether to issue an arrest order against Lacson.
The BI source said that there is no record of Lacson returning to the country.
Meanwhile, 2 of his colleagues, who refused to be named, said Lacson is currently in Australia.
Lacson's office declined to comment on the matter. From a report by Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News