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Saturday, March 26, 2011

0 Lacson arrives in Cebu, comes out of hiding - ABS-CBN News

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MANILA, Philippines - After more than a year in hiding, Sen. Panfilo Lacson finally arrived Saturday morning in the country after the Court of Appeals ruled that its decision lifting the warrant for his arrest is final.

In a report by radio dzMM’s David Oro, Lacson arrived on board Cathay Pacific flight CX 921 at the Mactan International Airport from Hong Kong.

Lacson’s arrival was also confirmed by Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police.

“Our policemen in the Police Regional Office VII in Cebu City has monitored that Sen. Panfilo Lacson indeed arrived on board a Cathay Pacific flight at 11:42 a.m.,” Cruz said.

Cruz said Lacson was met at the airport by a certain Almeda of the Bureau of Immigration.

“Aside from the information that Sen. Lacson has arrived in Mactan airport, no other information was relayed by our policemen in Mactan airport,” Cruz said.

He added, “He is still under the custody of the immigration official and I believe they have some procedures to undertake in the premises of Mactan airport”.

Cruz clarified that they are not privy to the procedures being implemented by the immigration official.

“If and when the procedure is finished, the senator is free to go wherever he pleases. There is no legal impediment, so to speak, to restrict his movement. We are just monitoring his movements. He has not requested security detail so I guess we will just have to wait and see,” he said.

Lacson went into hiding in January last year a month before the Manila Regional Trial Court issued the arrest warrant in connection with the November 2000 murder of publicist Salvador Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito. The senator denied the charges and blamed political persecution by the former Arroyo government as a reason for his hiding.

Several sources claimed that the senator did not leave the country and was just hiding in the provinces since he disappeared.

Last October, Lacson’s colleagues in the Senate decided to close the fugitive senator's office since he had yet to report for work.

After the CA order, the National Bureau of Investigation said Lacson has been removed from the Red Notice List of Interpol.

Last Thursday, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said he received feelers that Lacson would soon surface after one of his staff asked him to re-open Lacson's office in the Senate.

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