Lacson a fugitive if he ignores charges

Embattled opposition Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, the prime suspect in the Dacer-Corbito double-murder case, is “right for the picking,” according to acting Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera.

Devanadera on Thursday said that they were just waiting for the issuance of the warrant of arrest against Lacson, considering that the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Manila handling the case was done with hearing judicial determination of probable cause.

The Justice chief added that she did not want to preempt the decision of the RTC because she saw no reason why the warrant of arrest will not be issued.

“Para bang right for the picking [Looks like Lacson is right for the picking]. Tama lang ang pagkakahinog [Just the right ripeness],” Devanadera told radio dzMM.

Once the warrant is issued, she said, the senator would be considered a fugitive from justice if he has opted to stay abroad and ignore the charges against him.

“He has nowhere to go but face the charges against him. If there is already a warrant of arrest, he is already a fugitive. But as of now [pending the issuance of the warrant of arrest], let’s consider him a tourist,” Devanadera added.

But the spokesman for Lacson, lawyer Alex Avisado, said that the statement of the Justice secretary was premature as the RTC had to decide on several motions before it could come up with a warrant of arrest or dismiss the case.

“There is still no basis to call him [Lacson] a fugitive from justice. There is still no case against him and even up to now a warrant of arrest has never been issued,” the lawyer added.

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