March 27, 2011. In a press conference, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson described himself as a “fugitive from injustice” during the 14 months of hiding overseas to evade arrest in the Dacer-Corbito double murder case.
Lacson left the country on January 2010, two days before he was about to be formally charged by the Department of Justice for the murders of PR man Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and driver Emmanuel Corbito in 2000. He returned to the country unannounced March 26, a month after the Court of Appeals dismissed the case against him.
Also on the Covers:
- the DOJ went on a mission to hunt down Lacson’s “coddlers” while he was on “self-imposed exile”
- the three OFW “drug mules” in China got in touch with their families for the last time, while the government intensified its appeal to postpone or cancel their execution
- Inquirer‘s headline story reports that the Armed Forces of the Philippines is the most corrupt gov’t agency, according to a Pulse Asia survey
- Star reports that Pres. Benigno Aquino III’s approval rating slipped 13 points
- the country topped the list of Earth Hour participants for the 3rd straight year
Front Pages 2011 is Pinoy Index’s way of looking back at notable events of 2011, as presented on the front page of the three leading broadsheet newspapers in the country: the Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Philippine Star.