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11/21/2008

ICE arrests former member of Philippine National Police

Cezar Ochoco Mancao II, is pending extradition to face murder charges in the Philippines

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A 47-year-old national of the Philippines was arrested here yesterday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents based on a request for his extradition to the Philippines to face murder charges.

Cezar Ochoco Mancao II, who was residing in Pembroke Pines, Fla., was arrested after the U.S. government received a complaint for his surrender to the Philippines pursuant to the extradition treaty between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.

The extradition complaint charges Cezar Ochoco Mancao II, co-defendants Michael Aquino, Glenn Dumlao, 45, and others with double-murder under Article 248 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, which is an extraditable offense pursuant to Article 2 of the treaty. A warrant for the arrest of Cezar Ochoco Mancao II, was issued on April 28, 2006, by Judge Myra V. Garcia-Fernandez, Regional Trial Court (Branch 18) of Manila.

According to documents filed with the court, Cesar Mancao II, is a former member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF). A PAOCTF Task Group was formed in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, in the Philippines. Each Task Group operated through three divisions: Mancao was the head of the PAOCTF Task Group-Luzon; Aquino was the Chief of its Operations Division; and Dumlao was Deputy Chief of Operations.

The complaint alleges that on the morning of November 24, 2000, Salvador Dacer, a well-known public relations practitioner, and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito, were abducted at the intersection of Zobel Roxas St. and Osmeña Highway in Manila, Philippines. The abductors headed towards the town of Dasmariñas, Cavite. At approximately 8:00 p.m. that evening, Dacer and Corbito were brought to a creek in Barangay Buna Lejos, Indang, Cavite, where they were killed by strangulation. The bodies of Dacer and Corbito were then placed upon a heap of collected wood and tires, doused with gasoline, and burned. The charred remains of Dacer and Corbito were later found in the creek of Barangay Buna Lejos, Indang, Cavite.

In an affidavit executed on June 12, 2001, at the PNP Intelligence Group Office in Quezon City, Philippines, co-defendant Dumlao described in detail his participation and that of Aquino and Mancao in the murder of Dacer and Corbito.

Co-conspirator Dumlao was also arrested yesterday at his Long Island, New York residence by ICE special agents pending extradition.

U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta commended the investigative efforts of ICE and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS).

This extradition matter is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Keene of the Fort Lauderdale Office.