Former Justice Secretary and newly-elected senator Leila de Lima denies any involvement with fugitive cop Cesar Mancao particularly in terms of her relationship status. In an interview with Manila Times, Leila de Lima refused to comment on allegations that she has an illicit affair with Cesar Mancao, a former police officer.
The issue of the real status of Leila de Lima and Cesar Mancao’s relationship came out when Sandra Cam, a senatorial candidate who lost during the 2016 elections bared to the media that she got some video evidence proving her claimed that the former Justice Secretary and the fugitive cop was involved in a romantic relationship.
The 56-year-old Sen. Leila de Lima in an earlier interview with ABS-CBN noted that she is “single by judicial decree of annulment” from her former husband. Before de Lima was appointed as the Justice Secretary under the administration of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III, the veteran lawyer worked as Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights under the Arroyo administration.
The newly-elected senator De Lima has two sons namely Israel and Vincent Joshua, with husband Plaridel Bohol. Her marriage to Bohol was annulled, so she is indeed single by judicial decree of annulment. Leila de Lima is also related to Julie de Lima, the wife of Jose Maria Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Cesar Mancao, is a fugitive police officer who was allegedly involved alongside Michael Ray Aquino in a case filed against them involving the murder of Bobby Dacer, a former public relations official for Joseph Estrada.
Last November 2008, Cesar Mancao together with Aquino and Dumlao were extradited by the US Department of Justice after a request from the Philippine government. In June 2009, Cesar Mancao returned to the country to face the charges and become a state witness against the mastermind behind the case involving Dacer and Corbito.
Cesar Mancao escaped from the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in 2013 following an order for him to be transferred to the Manila City Jail. In an interview with ABS-CBN, he revealed that he is ready to surrender anytime.