MALACAÑANG on Saturday brushed aside claims that the President’s order to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review alleged coercion in the double murder case against Senator Panfilo Lacson is interfering with the judiciary.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the order of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III extends only to the DOJ, which as a component of the prosecution is still under the Executive Department.

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“Right now the President is only ordering that particular component, the prosecution branch, let’s take a look at this case of Senator Lacson given the allegations that Mr. Dumlao had stated,” he said over radio interview.

Lacierda was referring to claims by former police colonel Glenn Dumlao, who said he was coerced into linking Lacson to the Dacer-Corbito double-murder case.

On Friday, Aquino called for a full review of the charges filed against Lacson, saying he would like to know if there was “fair treatment” of the senator following Dumlao’s claims.

But Aquino also maintained his former Senate colleague will not get special treatment under his administration.

Dumlao said government lawyers led by Assistant State Prosecutor Hazel Valdez had forced him to tag Lacson in the murders. But Valdez denied Dumlao’s allegations.

According to Lacierda, Aquino’s order is “not interference” because the DOJ still has a say in the prosecution of the case. (JMR/Sunnex)