ROSEBUD'S LIE FOOLED SENATE COMMITTEE

Manila, 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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