Jun Lozada himself explains it thus: He’s not running away from justice, he’s running away from death, or the threat thereof. The way things are, which is that witnesses tend to be plucked out of their homes in the middle of the night and relocated to the afterlife, better to be safe than sorry. Hell, better to be sorry than dead. Fernando Morales, who was linked to Atimonan victim Vic Siman, might have talked except that he was killed while being arrested for illegal possession of firearms at one o’clock in the morning. Trying to escape while clad only in briefs.
it was senator jinggoy estrada who addressed defense counsel yesterday and strongly urged that chief justice renato corona testify, the sooner the better, so we can all get to the truth and not waste time, or something to that effect. he cited his father, president joseph estrada, who in 2001 was willing, waiting, to testify at his trial, he had nothing to hide.
we all know what happened to erap. before he could take the witness stand, the prosecution walked out and edsa dos erupted. even then, i was suspicious of the walk-out. the testimonies were just beginning to get really interesting – naungkat na ang disappearance ni bubby dacer, ang kaso ni hubert webb, ang milun-milyong kinita ng isang senator-judge sa bw shares, at kung anoano pa. what else might have been revealed had the trial continued, had the president told all, let the chips fall where they may, as in, laglagan blues. and what if, after he had told all, we had seen that he was the least guilty pala.
so what’s in it for corona. it would seem he’s feeling confident that he can prove the $10M accounts to be bogus. if so, tapos na ang boksing; the president, the prosecution, and the media vultures eat crow.
but it does seem like everyone who’s anti-corona – including the president and the ombudsman – are convinced that the chief justice has hidden, unexplained wealth that must have been illegally acquired, or he would have declared it, and how else does a judge get so rich if not by accepting bribes (in exchange for favorable decisions) from, among others, gma and cohorts maybe?
again, what would be in it for corona? at least ma-e-explain niya ang circumstances behind the hidden wealth? he’s the least guilty? or at best, he won’t go down alone? at hindi lang si gma ang maaaring ilaglag? o baka rin, he’s been offered an ex-deal he can’t refuse, as in, testify against gma and he can keep the $10M? or maybe he’s being promised immunity from suit, like we-know-who? i smell a rat.
UPDATE: stats for revisiting hubert webb spiked like mad, through the ceiling, the day he was acquitted. which is good. people are googling and reading up on the case. read, too, katrina’s piece on pinky and press ethics. i love pinky webb. what a class act. (krissy leaky, take note.)
i cheered 10 years ago when hubert webb et al were found guilty of the vizconde massacre by the paranaque regional trial court. i cheered yesterday when hubert webb et al were acquitted by the supreme court.
i hate to admit it but yes all through the 90s it was easy to be swept up in the trial by publicity that projected hubert and the gang as rich boys getting away with murder and that clamored for their heads a la jaime jose et al who raped maggie de la riva in 1967 and were electrocuted in 1972.
but there was a lot i didn’t know then that i learned over the years, thanks mostly to winnie monsod who kept track of the case and never faltered in her belief that hubert was innocent. i also didn’t learn until recently that alfaro was an nbi asset. and the loss of the semen sample from carmela was just too suspicious…
so it’s back to square one , with just six months to go before it’s too late. i suggest that a million bucks be offered for information re the true killers. surely someone out there knows something s/he’s not telling.
almost everyone’s saying senator panfilo aka “ping” lacson should surrender and prove his innocence in court instead of forever playing the unfairly accused fugitive. but when i think of the vizconde massacre and how there is so much reasonable doubt as to the guilt of hubert webb et al and yet they’ve been in jail for 15 years now and counting, i can’t blame lacson for staying away. lalo na after rereading my september 2009 post, the dacer whodunit. at the time there were still all sorts of questions and allegations re two ex-presidents who were known to be closely involved with dacer. questions that have not been addressed or answered, at least not in public. tipong bigla na lang, basta, si lacson ang mastermind, sabi kasi ni mancao. but i find it hard to believe that ping acted on his own and not on orders of a higher-up, if indeed he had anything to do with the double murder.
Antonio Carpio’s Dacer’s killers: Who and why?
politicaljunkie’s A few things you might find interesting about the Bubby Dacer case
Herman Tiu Laurel’s The forgotten angle
Fel Maragay’s Man in white
Michael Lim Ubac’s Lacson: Estrada, Palace want me in jail
Torn and frayed in Manila’s Were Ninoy Aquino and Bubby Dacer killed on presidential orders?
Ducky Paredes’ Ping Lacson ??!?
Newsbreak Online’s Timeline:The Dacer-Corbito Murders and the BW Scam
Asian Journal’s Dacers file civil case vs. Estrada, Lacson