Dacer daughters link Lacson to dad's abduction, death

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2008 11:23 PM | Updated as of Nov 21 2008 10:54 PM

For the first time, the daughters of missing public relations man Salvador "Bubby" Dacer testified at the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Friday morning, after almost eight years of self-exile in the United States due to alleged threats to their family's life. Sabina and Carina Dacer gave their

For the first time, the daughters of missing public relations man Salvador "Bubby" Dacer testified at the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Friday morning, after almost eight years of self-exile in the United States due to alleged threats to their family's life.

Sabina and Carina Dacer gave their testimony before the Manila Regional Trial Court Friday morning about who may have masterminded their father's abduction in November 2000.

Sabina Dacer recalled her father twice told them in separate family gatherings about specific threats to his life.

"In his exact words he said, 'mga anak, kung may mangyari sa akin, walang ibang may kakagawan noon kundi si Ping Lacson,'" she told ABS-CBN News.

Aside from this father's pronouncements, Dacer's family also discovered the publicist's letter to former president Joseph Estrada about now senator Panfilo Lacson's alleged maneuverings in 1999 to secure the post of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.

Dacer is the former publicist of then PNP chief Roberto Lastimoso, Lacson's rival for the top police post.

Lacson's link to one of the suspects charged in Dacer's abduction, former Senior Superintendent Michael Ray Aquino, were also evident according to the Dacer siblings.

"Hindi naman kilala ng daddy ko si Michael Ray Aquino as far as we know eh. So kung hindi siya kilala ng daddy ko, sino yung kilala niya na kilala ng daddy ko?" Carina Dacer said.

The family insisted their coming out is not a demolition job against Lacson and his political aspirations in the 2010 elections. They said they just want to find out who masterminded the crime more than who actually did it.

Lacson: Family even sought my help

In a text message, Lacson insisted he has nothing to do with Dacer's abduction.

"For the Nth time, I will assert the truth that I had nothing to do with it," the message said.

He lashed out at groups who would like under oath just to make him look bad.

"They can lie and make people lie even under oath and before a court of law to make me look bad and guilty in the Dacer case," the message said.

In fact, he said, it was to him that the family came for help right after Bubby Dacer disappeared.

"In fact, right after Dacer disappeared, the family sought my help... And I responded the way I should as a law enforcement officer at that time," Lacson said. Joey Villarama, ABS-CBN News