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No special treatment? FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 10/25/2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

No special treatment?

Ninez Cacho-Olivares
Malacañang appears to be having a difficult time explaining Noynoy Aquino’s “Lacson case is not my priority” statement, which was followed by Justice Chief Leila de Lima’s announcement that she would no longer form a special task force to search for the fugitive Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, as the Palace has been reduced to saying that these two statements do not translate to signs that Noynoy is coddling Lacson.

The trouble is that Noynoy does not seem to realize, even at this late date, that which he says will be taken as a subliminal directive by his subalterns.

Therefore, when he says Lacson is not my priority, De Lima, who is perceived by most to be out of the Noynoy loop — given the fact that he ignored her hard-earned probe of the Aug. 23 hostage crisis that led to the death of eight Hong Kong tourists, and her recommended sanctions, as well as the amnesty promulgation to the rebels wherein De Lima was not even consulted — it is fairly logical for anyone to conclude that there’s no great need for the Justice department and its agency — such as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to make the search for Lacson a priority.

And because it is not a priority for Noynoy, speculation rises that Noynoy is coddling Lacson.
The other reason there are such speculations that continue is that not too long ago, during a development in the court case against Lacson, where a witness, Glenn Dumlao, was reported to have claimed that Lacson was not aware of the plans to have publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito killed, Noynoy quickly reacted and said something to the effect that Lacson must be given due process..... MORE

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