MANILA, Philippines – In a move that critics interpreted as a sign of guilt, Sen. Panfilo Lacson admitted yesterday that he had left the country to escape “harassment” from the Department of Justice (DOJ) amid reports that he would be arrested for the Dacer-Corbito double murder case.
“As I had correctly suspected, the harassment by the DOJ upon the order of Malacañang will never stop. That’s exactly the reason why I left the country. I am a victim of a conspiracy of whispers between Mrs. Arroyo and her stooge in the Department of Justice,” Lacson said in a one-page statement.
“For now, my concern is my own personal safety and security. I will not allow Mrs. Arroyo and her cohorts in the DOJ the pleasure of seeing my life miserable and in danger. This is one case that I will dispute the argument – flight is an indication of guilt. I am not guilty but I cannot risk putting my life and security at the mercy of that evil conspiracy,” he said.