What was the real motive behind the Bubby Dacer-Emmanuel Corbito double murder case?
This is what former Senior Superintendent Cézar Mancáo should explain as well. It is not enough to simply accuse Senator Pánfilo Lacson and President Joseph Estrada as the masterminds of the evil deed. The timing is so suspect since the Erap-led opposition is steadily gearing up for next year’s national elections. The electorate can no longer be fooled, being experienced as they are in a country that’s chock-full of election scandals and controversies these past few decades. This “spilling of beans” could be viewed as an obvious attempt to destroy the credibility of Erap and Lacson. Although Lacson has already backed out from next year’s elections, he still has enough support-power to add on to the opposition’s election arsenal.
This is not to say that Lacson and Erap are innocent of the crime. The point of the matter is that this eight-year-old unsolved murder case has a political tinge to it; the people are in danger of being led (or misled) into focusing more on the finger-pointing and the personalities involved rather on the merits of the case.
Mancáo better speak up some more rather than simply naming names. Remember: he was an accomplice to the murder — of course he should know the reason why Dacer and Corbito were kidnapped, strangled to death, and then burned (their bodies were found months later near my father-in-law’s farm in Indang, Cavite). If Mancáo gives out other details –specifically as to why he, ex-cop Glenn Dumláo, ex-intelligence officer Michael Ray Aquino, and a host of other executioners killed the publicist and his driver– that might add weight to his accusations.
But without focusing on such details, it will appear that Dacer and Corbito are being murdered over again through a very suspicious politicking. The case now has a different twist because another “witness”, Jimmy López, was slain two days ago.
Malacañang Palace was quick to condemn the assassination.
Was López a “sacrificial lamb”?
The sickening plot thickens.