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peter c. moran (yati!)
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Date Posted: 03:07:52 04/28/07 Sat
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People have forgotten allegations about Ping Lacson
By Ramon Tulfo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:48am (Mla time) 04/26/2007
MANILA, Philippines -- The influential Jesus Is Lord Movement of Bro. Eddie Villanueva is helping Sen. Panfilo Lacson get reelected.
How easy for people to forget the alleged atrocities Lacson did as a young officer of the defunct Philippine Constabulary and head of the armed group of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC), also now defunct!
On Aug. 30, 2003, I came out with a special episode in my now defunct public service program, “Isumbong mo kay Tulfo,” on RPN 9 about Lacson.
My program featured a confession of Francisco “Kit” Mateo, allegedly a former henchman of Lacson, who exposed the crimes the senator supposedly committed while he was with the Metrocom Intelligence and Security Group (MISG) and at the PACC, primarily an antikidnapping task force.
Mateo was dying of cancer and wanted to make a clean breast of things, and so spilled the beans on his former boss. He died a few months after he made the taped confession.
Millions of people who watched the one-hour show devoted to Lacson’s alleged atrocities were aghast over the fate of an 8-year-old girl whom Lacson allegedly pushed out of a helicopter flying over Manila Bay.
Lacson’s alleged crimes were dramatized in the public service show that, at the time, enjoyed an unusually huge viewership for a government station.
The 8-year-old girl was a niece of a notorious kidnapper at the time, Joey de Leon. She and her aunt, De Leon’s sister, were taken into custody by Lacson’s men.
Lacson and his men, according to Mateo, tried to persuade the woman and the child to reveal De Leon’s whereabouts. They suffered a brutal fate when they refused, he added.
Other confessions that Mateo made in that tape lent to me by ABS-CBN involved the killings that the former henchman allegedly undertook on orders of Lacson.
In one scene, Mateo confessed to killing a young man reportedly on Lacson’s orders because the former was courting a girl who belonged to a wealthy family. The girl’s parents disapproved of the relationship and sought Lacson’s help in breaking it up.
In another scene, Mateo related how a former MISG detainee was run over by a cargo truck, also upon Lacson’s orders. Lacson later married the dead man’s wife, Mateo said.
I’ve been quiet about Lacson’s alleged crimes as related by his former henchman because I thought people would remember Mateo’s confession on national TV five years ago. But apparently, many have forgotten. Lacson enjoys high ratings in the surveys among senatorial candidates and is sure to be reelected.
This column just wants to show the “other side” of Panfilo Lacson based on the confession of his former trusted aide.
Would you still reelect this man to the Senate after what I have told you about him?

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Re: politicspantalan dos03:14:12 04/28/07 Sat
imagine! the "man of god", the rev. eddie villanueva is endorsing "ping patay lacson"! uno rakan values niining si reverend! pila kaha an "endorsing fee?!!" amo sab si rev. mike velarde naga endorse usab ug mga senatongs! mapalit man jud an mga tao bisan si mike ug eddie. (NT)roro (Ala gid !)04:28:15 04/28/07 Sat


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