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Palace denies coddling Ping By Aytch S. de la Cruz 10/24/2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

AFTER NOY’S ‘NOT MY PRIORITY’ ON MANHUNT, DOJ BACKTRACK

Palace denies coddling Ping

By Aytch S. de la Cruz 10/24/2010

President Aquino’s “not my priority” statement on the search for fugitive Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, prime suspect in the Dacer-Corbito murder mystery, and a subsequent statement of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima that the Department of Justice is abandoning a plan to form a task force to track him down should not be taken as a sign that Aquino is coddling Lacson, who is an ally and a campaign supporter of the President, according to the Palace.

De Lima, who is said out of the loop on the President’s inner circle, was suspected to have second-guessed Aquino in withdrawing a plan to put up the task force.

Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte explained that just because De Lima reportedly abandoned the idea of putting up a task force to intensify the government’s efforts in locating him does not mean that the Aquino administration is getting remiss in resolving this matter.

Valte also belied insinuations being circulated by a critic, Archbishop Oscar Cruz, who told media that he has
information that would somehow corroborate De Lima’s and the public’s suspicions that Lacson is just inside the country and Malacanang has a hand on it..... MORE

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