Sen. Panfilo Lacson finally resurfaced after leaving the country over 14 months ago to evade arrest when he was tagged as the mastermind in the Dacer-Corbito murder case.
Lacson arrived in Cebu City on Saturday aboard a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong. Flight CX 921 landed at the Mactan International Airport at 11:42 a.m.
His return was unannounced but not unexpected. He went through the immigration process at the Cebu airport with travel documents. Previously, the legal impediments for his return have been cleared.
He later flew to Manila in the evening. Authorities from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport confirmed that Lacson arrived via RPC 2711, a Baron-type, twin-engine plane.
The private plane landed at 6:40 p.m. and taxied to the General Aviation area, away from other airport terminals for commercial airlines and out of sight of mediamen.
Airport authrorities said Lacson's son Allan and 4 escorts met the senator at the private hangar.
The senator will spend time with family, according to Gerry de Belen, a staff of Lacson.
Lacson reportedly went staight home to Ayala Alabang village in Muntinlupa City.
De Belen said Lacson will hold a press conference on Monday.
Lacson is expected to join his 22 colleagues at the Senate in May. The senators will convene and act as senator-justices in the impeachment trial of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.