Cathy Cañares and Christian V. Esguerra report for the Philippine Inquirer News Service. Excerpt:
A FORMER civilian agent, who accused Panfilo “Ping” Lacson of masterminding a destabilization plot against the Macapagal administration, last night challenged the senator-elect and his protegés to undergo a lie detector test to determine who was telling the truth.
The agent, identified only as Ador, a confessed participant in the kidnappings allegedly staged by the defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF), said he wanted Lacson and Senior Superintendents Cesar Mancao and Michael Rey Aquino to undergo the polygraph test with him.
“I want the test done in the same venue and if possible using the same machine to determine who is lying,” Ador told the INQUIRER.
In a 23-page affidavit, Ador claimed Lacson had ordered the abduction of high-profile businessmen and personalities who played key roles in the ouster of then President Joseph Estrada.
He said the senator also ordered the assassination of prominent people, including Vice President Toefisto Guingona, former Ilocos Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson and Ombudsman Aniano Desierto.
Lacson has denied knowing Ador, saying the PAOCTF had no record that the whistleblower had worked for his group.
Ador will likely take the lie detector test this morning if the authorities holding him in custody are allowed to borrow a polygraph machine from the National Bureau of Investigation.