AN ANTI-crime group on Tuesday put up “wanted” posters of embattled Senator Panfilo Lacson, who is in hiding abroad after a Manila court issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with Dacer-Corbito double murder case.

Members of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (Vacc) led by their president, Dante Jimenez, placed the posters along Roxas Boulevard in Manila and at the Grand Boulevard Hotel where Edgar Bentain, former employee of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) was abducted by unidentified suspects several years ago. Bentain remained missing to this day.

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Accompanying the group’s members were Ferdinand Topacio, lawyer of former Police Senior Superintendent Cesar Mancao II, and Demetrio Custodio, counsel of the Dacer family.

Mancao, who was extradited to the country from the United States last year and has agreed to turn state witness, implicated Lacson in the murders of publicist, Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000.

The charred remains of Dacer and Corbito were found in a ravine in Indang town, Cavite province on November 4, 2000.

In his affidavit executed in the United States last February 13, 2009, Mancao said he heard Lacson ordered Police Senior Superintendent Michael Ray Aquino to “liquidate” Dacer.

Jimenez said they decided to put up the posters to dramatize their call for the lawmaker to surface and face the charges against him, being a former police officer and a senator of the republic.

“We intend to display the senator's photos around Metro Manila and eventually, across the country,” he said.

He added that the Vacc will continue to help the family of Dacer and Corbito gained justice.

At the same time, the Vacc condemned the statements earlier made by Senator Gregorio Honasan urging Lacson to use his training as a former military officer "by mastering the art of disguise" apparently to elude arrest.

Honasan, a colonel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, went on the run when he mounted a series of coup d’ etats against the Aquino regime.

Honasan and Lacson are “mistah” or classmate at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) where they both graduated in 1971.

He eventually returned to the fold of law during the Ramos administration when the government forged a peace pact with rebel soldiers.

Jimenez said they are mulling the possibility of filing charges against Honasan before the Ombudsman for his “advice.” (AH/Sunnex)