ROSEBUD'S LIE FOOLED SENATE COMMITTEEManila, April 21, 2003 (Malaya) -- One of the biggest lies peddled by self-confessed confidential narcotics double agent Mary Rose Ong alias Rosebud, is her claim that Sen. Panfilo Lacson facilitated the escape of two Chinese drug lords arrested off the coast of Mindoro Island when he was still the chief of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF). It turned out that the two Chinese nationals identified as Chan Que and Sen Lao Phie alias Leo Fe, who were arrested in February 1999 after they were intercepted while transporting a cache of shabu, are still languishing in jail. Ong alleged before the Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs chaired by Sen. Robert Barbers that the two Chinese nationals were freed and fled the country through the help of police officers identified with Sen. Lacson. But according to Alain Pascua, co-convenor of the Citizens Movement for Order, a peace and order advocacy group, his group found out that the two Chinese drug suspects are in police custody. In a fact-finding mission in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, the CMO along with some media men discovered that Chan and Sen are detained at the Occidental Mindoro provincial jail. According to jail warden Pablito Untalan, he was surprised when he heard Ong testifying before the Barbers committee that the two Chinese drug suspects were freed and have fled the country. The testimonies of Ong and another former government witness Angelo "Ador" Mawanay were used by the Barbers committee as the basis for its recommendation in the filing of charges against Sen. Lacson. But knowing very well the litany of lies made by both Ong and Mawanay against Sen. Lacson including the tale about the alleged escape of Chan and Sen, Pascua is wondering why Sen. Barbers is still insisting on pursuing his committee's recommendation. "It is now very clear to us the motive of Sen. Barbers. They are out to stop at all costs Ping Lacson in running for the presidency in the 2004 elections," Pascua said. Earlier, Sen. Edgardo Angara declared that the committee report No. 66 of the Barbers committee has no "factual and legal basis" because there is simply no evidence to prove Sen. Lacson's alleged involvement in criminal activities. Chan and Sen were arrested in February 1999 by members of a civic group called "Bantay Dagat" with the help of operatives from the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and the Philippine National Police Regional Office 4. In her testimony, Ong claimed that the two drug suspects were released through the intercession of Supt. Francisco Villaroman, who she claimed was getting orders from Sen. Lacson. She claimed that Villaroman, together with former PNP Narcotics Command chief Director Reynaldo Acop and the late anti-narcotics agent Supt. John Campos, were allegedly part of a syndicate led by Sen. Lacson which allegedly recycles seized illegal narcotics. All the police officers denied Ong's allegation as they pointed out that Ong, a former drug pusher tapped by Acop to work as a government agent, fabricated stories to pin down Lacson.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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