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Catch me if you can, dead or alive — Ping By Benjamin B. Pulta, Angie M. Rosales and Aytch S. de la Cruz 12/03/2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

DE LIMA TO LACSON: SURRENDER FIRST, THEN GET JUSTICE

Catch me if you can, dead or alive — Ping

By Benjamin B. Pulta, Angie M. Rosales and Aytch S. de la Cruz 12/03/2010

Fugitive Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson yesterday remained defiant, saying in a statement sent to media that he will surface “only when justice is rightly served, or when (he) is already dead.”

To the authorities, he had this to say: “Don’t look for me. Look at the evidence. It’s right under your nose. It won’t cost you two centavos to fulfill your duty to provide justice to all concerned.

“I will only come out when justice is rightly served, or when I’m already dead. It may not be the best way to spend geezerhood, but unless you get me ahead of my time, I prefer to suffer in pain but with dignity, sitting alone with my conscience for the rest of my life, rather than do time in jail for a crime I did not commit.”

President Aquino reportedly told reporters from a broadsheet that arresting Lacson is not his priority, giving rise to speculation that the Palace is coddling Lacson who is his supporter and close political ally.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, for her part, called on the senator murder suspect to have faith in the law and come in from the cold even as she said the Department of Justice (DoJ) cannot act on Lacson’s plea for investigation which is not legally feasible at this point..... MORE

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