Innocence affirmed

Former police Senior Superintendent Michael Ray Aquino denied Sunday having been ordered to kill or harm publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito, in 2000 by either then-President Joseph “Erap” Estrada or then- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Panfilo “Ping” Lacson.

Aquino made the statement upon arriving in Manila Sunday morning after being extradited from the United States.

“I want the Filipino nation to know that there was no order from President Joseph Ejercito Estrada or Senator Panfilo M. Lacson to kidnap, harm, or murder anyone, specifically Mr. Salvador Dacer and Mr. Emmanuel Corbito. I have nothing to add because I don’t know anything more,” Aquino said.

He addressed media with a prepared statement upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 before being taken straight to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila.

Aquino flew in aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 103 from Los Angeles, California, with a stopover in Hawaii, at 6:47 a.m., escorted by NBI Head Agents Claro de Castro, NBI Foreign Liaison Division Chief, and Jesus Manapat, NBI Airport Division Chief.

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