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Lacson’s Delayed Truth

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Senator Lacson should answer this:

Why did it take almost a decade for him to tell “the truth” about Joseph Estrada’s alleged corruption during the latter’s short-lived and ill-fated term?

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday exposed former President Joseph Estrada’s extensive involvement in the illegal numbers game “jueteng,” rice smuggling, and “other misdeeds” during his short-lived administration from 1998 to early 2001.

In a privilege speech, Lacson also hinted Estrada may have a hand in the 2000 murders of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito.

Lacson said Estrada used to issue orders directly to his police officers way back when Lacson was still the chief of the Philippine National Police.

The top police official during Estrada’s time did not say it outright but his take on Estrada’s relationship with the PNP seems to buttress the claim of state witness and former police official Cezar Mancao II that Estrada approved Operation Delta, the alleged plan to liquidate Dacer.

“(I) have personal knowledge on this, during his presidency, he was giving direct orders and instructions deep into the layers of the entire government bureaucracy, the PNP, and Presidential Anti Organized Crime Task Force,” Lacson told fellow senators.

So there. He has personal knowledge of Erap’s “misdeeds”. And he had to wait for a falling out between him and Erap to make him talk (oh boy, another José de Venecia in the making).

Justice delayed is justice denied. And so it is with the truth, Senator Lacson. You should know that. You’re older than your kids.

Click here for more Lacson lies, err, I mean testimonies, hehehe…

"I got too busy with my facial ads that's why I had to sideline The Truth for awhile."
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The Lacson Suspense

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Will Senator Pánfilo Lacson spill the beans on Monday?

Are those beans any good at all?

What's he really up too?

What's he really up too?

Earlier in the Senate, Lacson said he would reveal the true character of Estrada as a public servant in a privilege speech on Monday.

“Ano ba talaga si Joseph Ejercito Estrada bilang isang government official? Lahat ng catotohanan ang sasabihin co don at itó’y patutunayan co rín (I’ll reveal what kind of government official Joseph Estrada was. I can prove everything that I will say),” Lacson told reporters.

Lacson was the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the short-lived Estrada presidency. Both were implicated in the killing of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000.

Estrada was ousted from office in 2001 amid allegations of corruption. Both him and Lacson have repeatedly denied involvement in the Dacer-Corbito case.

Many questions arose…

Has Lacson finally sided with the hated Arroyo government due to pressure from the Dacer-Corbito allegations?

Is this some sort of payback? Remember that Lacson was in a way slighted when Estrada chose legendary icon Fernando Poe, Jr. instead of him to be the opposition’s main man in the controversial 2004 Philippine National Elections.

Many people are still wondering why Lacson suddenly dropped his presidential bid for the 2010 Philippine National Elections. And now he leaves political analysts in suspense due to that “Monday bombshell”. The timing is so suspect… could it be true that he’s the one who’s sleeping with the enemy and not Estrada?

Estrada dared Lacson to drop the bomb. Why does the deposed leader sound a bit unfriendly? For all we know, maybe Lacson doesn’t have any plans of betraying Estrada. Doesn’t Erap trust Lacson anymore? If so, why?

If ever Lacson’s suspense-filled privilege speech this coming Monday will reveal more facts about Estrada’s true character (i.e., bad ones), why didn’t he say it earlier?

Both Estrada and Lacson are under fire due to Cézar Mancáo’s testimonies regarding the Dacer-Corbito Double Murder Case. Pulling each other down will not do both of them any good. For sure, Arroyo is laughing her head off in some cozy Malacañang bedroom that should’ve never been hers in the first place.

The opposition, if it really seeks national unity, should first unite themselves and put both Erap and Lacson (and Noynoy Aquino III) on an emergency meeting. They should also discuss if this issue is all about the opposition, the administration, or the nation.

Who are these people putting in peril? The economically starved populace, of course. Juan de la Cruz is always at the receiving end of useless political clouts and bickerings. Does he deserve this?

Since he doesn’t know his national identity, sadly, I think he does…

Breaking (The) News

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Youth urged: register to make a difference — Youthvote Philippines convener Jaime Garchitorena.

We’ve been making a difference for a long time now by not registering.

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“…we appeal to everyone, including the accused (President Joseph Estrada and Senator Pánfilo Lacson), to freely submit to the justice system and to due process…” — Press Secretary Cerge Remonde on the Dacer-Corbito Double Murder Case.

But he said everyone… what the heck do I have to do anything about the crime?

Our star for the past week!

Our star for the past week!

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Convicted rapist-murderer Juan “Paco” Larrañaga of Cebú’s mighty Osmeña clan to be transferred to a Spanish jail. It’s because his dad’s a Spanish citizen. And this move is in accordance to a prisoner-exchange treaty with dear Mother Spain.

But the said criminal didn’t grow up in Spain. Why bring him to a prison there? Let him talk to me first in Spanish in order to assess if he could mingle with other Spanish-speaking prisoners. If he couldn’t converse in Castilian, he’d only become more of an anti-social prisoner there due to language barriers. And that would make him more wacko.

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Asked why Larrañaga can’t just serve his sentence in in our country, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s chief legal counsel Raúl González said: “We have a treaty that has been passed. Let’s not talk of something that has taken place already. This is a treaty that has been signed long ago. This was ratified by the Senate.”

The verbose former justice secretary got tired of talking too much.

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Secretary Gabriel Claudio divulged that Arroyo was elated over the news that at least 49 governors have endorsed Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro to run as president.

Who is he?

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Actress Rufa Mae Quinto denies that she has an affair with Gloria’s son Mikey Macapagal Arroyo.

It’s believable. Rufa Mae doesn’t spend her time in California.

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Aside from telling Erap and Lacson to submit themselves to the justice system, Remonde also told the same thing to Arroyo supporter Luis “Chavit” Singson with regard to beating up his common-law-wife last month.

Can he say that to Mikey?

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Anti-Catholic leader Eraño Manalo, who died last week, is to be interred tomorrow. At least two million people are expected to attend the cortege.

Expect to see the stars of the 2010 Philippine National Elections.

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As of this writing, a rescue team is busily attending to Superferry 9 which was reported listing earlier today in the stormy seas of Zamboanga. More or less 1,000 people are on the ship!

A perfunctory reaction from the reading public: what’s new?

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Let’s try to have a happy day this rainy Sunday!

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