SC : webb et al are innocent – who are the killers? jail those who unjustly jailed the innocent!
MANILA, Philippines – The story was in the crime and the carnage—and in the names. On the morning of June 30, 1991, a mother and her two daughters were found slaughtered in their own home. 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.
the supreme court handed down its decision on the vizconde massacre just this afternoon – those accused, hubert webb, antonio lejano, miguel rodriguez, pike fernandez, peter estrada, michael gatchalian and gerardo
biong are acquitted of the crime of killing lauro vizconde’s family. the accused have been in jail for 15 years, the murders that were committed in 1991.
it is hard for anyone to imagine the kind of suffering the accused and their families needed to endure for their loved ones to be in jail for such a long time only to find out 15 years after they were not guilty of the crime. certainly, there is celebration for all of them. there has been pain for 15 years – they have always claimed they were innocent. to be in jail for that long a time, in fact even for a single day when you know you are not
guilty is difficult to bear. their release from jail for sure is reason for joy.
from the supreme court decision:
On June 30, 1991 Estrellita Vizconde and her daughters Carmela, nineteen years old, and Jennifer, seven, were brutally slain at their home in Parañaque City. Following an intense investigation, the police arrested a group of suspects, some of whom gave detailed confessions. But the trial court smelled a frame-up and eventually ordered them discharged.Thus, the identities of the real perpetrators remained a mystery especially to the public whose interests were aroused by the gripping details of what everybody referred to as the Vizconde massacre.
Four years later in 1995, the National Bureau of Investigation or NBI announced that it had solved the crime. It presented star-witness Jessica M. Alfaro, one of its informers, who claimed that she witnessed the crime. She pointed to accused Hubert Jeffrey P. Webb,Antonio “Tony Boy” Lejano, Artemio “Dong” Ventura, Michael A. Gatchalian, Hospicio“Pyke” Fernandez, Peter Estrada, Miguel “Ging” Rodriguez, and Joey Filart as the culprits.She also tagged accused police officer, Gerardo Biong, as an accessory after the fact. Relying primarily on Alfaro’s testimony, on August 10, 1995 the public prosecutors filed an information for rape with homicide against Webb,et al.
but is there really joy?
with this decision and the release of the accused from jail, that can only mean lauro vizconde , the father and husband of those murdered suffered the pain of the loss of his family a second time. to him, this is a second massacre of his family.
with his wife and 2 daughters killed and raped, the only relief he got from the courts was the imprisonment of the accused.
certainly the women in his family are gone forever, the only consolation he got was the jail term the killers were serving. with their release, the only consolation he got was taken away from him. there is no joy in that.
perhaps the biggest pain of them all and this is not just for lauro vizconde but for the whole justice system – the killers are still free. if we believe the supreme court that those they freed should be set free, the real killers then are still out there.
what will the government do about that?
the other part of this is the fact that innocent people were jailed, then there are those who committed gross errors in their work as police. they should also be held liable for what they have done to these supposed innocent people.
will the government do something about that?
Supreme Court decision, read it here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/45248033/Supreme-Court-decision-on-Webb-et-al-re-Vizconde-Massacre