There is some justice in the fact that it is former President Estrada’s bigote (moustache), for so long a critical prop of his roguish image, that is now causing him so much grief.
Jinggoy Estrada’s claim that “There are so many men sporting a moustache,” is simply not correct. Compared with, say, India, this is a clean-shaven country; Erap the actor knew that when he was constructing his on-screen persona, hence the bigote. Therefore, whatever the truth of the rest of Cezar Mancao’s statement, his claim that “bigote was the commonly known pseudonym of Erap” rings true.
The most intriguing article I have read about the Dacer-Corbito killing is “Dacer’s Killers: Who and Why?” by Supreme Court Justice Antonio F. Carpio, originally published on 24 June 2001 (when Carpio was in private practice) and reprinted in Friday’s Inquirer. Please read it—I think it is important for two main reasons.
First, Carpio points out that an affidavit by one of the accused policemen Glenn G. Dumlao, “is like a map that leads us right to the very doorsteps of Dacer’s killers.” In essence, Dumlao links the killing to papers on the BW resources scandal supposedly held by Dacer, thus providing a motive for the rub-out. According to Dumlao, Michael Ray Aquino, one of the shadowy figures who people this murderous cast, had been ordered by Lacson to enter Dacer’s office at the Manila Hotel to steal documents. The hotel surveillance cameras made that impossible, with the result that we all know. Dumlao’s affidavit was eventually withdrawn, but if it can be corroborated by other evidence this version of events could prove very damaging for Erap.
Second, Carpio’s article recreates the atmosphere surrounding Erap’s mafia presidency. A stock market fraud carried out by the president and his business cronies that virtually destroyed the national stock market; policemen stalking hotel corridors in an attempt to carry out illegal activities; an abduction in broad daylight on one of Manila’s busiest thoroughfares, almost certainly by policemen; a grisly murder in an isolated spot; a key witness (Teofelo Vina) gunned down at a party in Cavite before he was able to execute an affidavit—it is a poisonous mix of Watergate and the Sopranos, carried out by PNP goons.
I really hope that the media and the Department of Justice pursue this, so we can get to the bottom of this bigote business.