Justice For Vizconde’s
After almost two decades, the Supreme court has finally decided:
The Supreme Court en banc, voting 7-4-4 (7 in favor, 4 dissent, 4 no part) has acquitted Hubert Jeffrey Webb, Antonio Lejano, Michael Gatchalian, Hospicio Fernandez, Miguel Rodriguez, Peter Estrada and Gerardo Biong for failure of the prosecution to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
They were ordered released from detention unless held for another lawful cause or unless they have other cases to warrant their continued detention.
Associate Justice Roberto Abad penned the majority decision. He was joined by Associate Justices Conchita Carpio-Morales, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza, and Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Dissenting were Associate Justice Martin Villarama, Chief Justice Renato Corona, Associate Justices Teresita de Castro and Arturo Brion.
Associate Justices who abstained were:
- Antonio Carpio (because he testified during the hearings at the Regional Trial Court);
- Mariano del Castillo – (because one of the accused is a client of the law firm of his wife);
- Presbitero Velasco – (close relation to a party);
- Antonio Nachura – (who signed as former Solicitor-General before his appointment to the court).
Major grounds for acquittal:
1) Quality of witness – Jessica Alfaro was a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) asset, not really an eye witness. At first, she told the NBI she would bring in a witness to the commission of the crime, but when she couldn’t do so, she said she would play the role of eye witness.
2) Suspicious details in some testimonies;
3) Quality of testimony (inherent inconsistencies);
4) Supposed corroborations which are unreliable.
I was in total shock! Im sad for Mr. Lauro Vizconde, because all these years,JUSTICE had not been served. On the other hand, if Webb and company really aren’t guilty, 15 years have been robbed to them.
The questions in my mind:
1. If it weren’t Webb and company, who did this? Obviously, they are still at large. What have been the PNP doing?
2. So what happens to Jessica Alfaro, the eye witness, now? Will she be charged for all these lies?
3. Why is the Supreme Court always slow in making decisions? 15 years is 15 years.
4 And, will the Vizconde ever find justice?
To read the complete Supreme Court decision on the Vizconde trial, click here.
Kung sino man ang may kagagawan nito, MAKONSENSYA naman sana.
JUSTICE FOR VIZCONDE’S Estrellita Vizconde, 47, sustained 13 stab wounds; Carmela, 18, had 17 wounds and had been raped before she was killed; and Jennifer, 7, had 19 wounds.
Let’s not forget…
photo from the Vizconde Massacre Facebook page