Why We Need a Closure on the Vizconde Massacre case
December 23, 2010 § 2 Comments
On June 1991, a brutal crime happened in an urban, middle class village. Three people lay dead: a middle aged woman by the name of Estrellita lay murdered in a pool of blood, with several stab wounds in her body. Her daughter named Carmela lay a few meters away from her while her young daughter also lay dead, with several defensive wounds.
The family lives a quiet life in one of the country’s highly respected middle income subdivision. Little did they know that they will suffer an extreme end in the hands of still-unknown assailants.
Lauro Vizconde, the family’s patriarch, went home to find his family murdered. Several groups of suspects were presented. The first batch was akyat bahay gang members. These were released after authorities found them innocent.
After three years, an alleged eye witness surfaced. Jessica Alfaro, a confessed drug addict, went to the National Bureau of INvestigation and pin-pointed the suspects behind the case. It included Hubert Webb, son of former Senator and Paranaque Congressman Freddie Webb, Tonyboy Lejano, son of actress Pinky de Leon, Michael Gatchalian, JOey Filart and several others.
Alfaro claims that on the night of the gruesome murder, Webb encouraged his friends to go to the Vizconde’s house. Webb was allegedly a spurned suitor of one of the victims, Carmela. During a shabu session, and allegedly high on drugs, Webb reportedly planned the murder of the Vizcondes. Webb reportedly raped Carmela while several others took turns stabbing and killing the rest of the family.
The Regional Trial Court judge Amelita Tolentino found the suspects guilty. Tolentino said that the alibi which Webb made cannot overturn the strong eye-witness testimony of Alfaro. Webb said that he could not possibly commit the crime since he was not around when the Vizconde massacre happened. He was in the United States.
Webb was incarcerated, along with his so-called “friends”.
The case went on. The defense filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals. The local court decision was affirmed by the CA. The defense then went to the Supreme Court, again for appeal.
In our jurisprudence, those sentenced to reclusion perpetua are entitled to a review of their cases by the HIghest Tribunal. If the Highest Court discovers an iota of doubt, then, it is cause enough for the Court to dismiss the case and acquit the suspects.
Eleven days before Christmas, the Supreme Court rendered a decision. The SC said that Alfaro’s testimony is unbelievable and possibly, spurious. The SC believed in the documents presented by the defense that Webb was not around when the crime happened. It was a case of alibi versus clear, and unequivocal eye witness testimony. In this case, the SC said that the alibi of Webb was solid, clearly supported by evidence.
NOw, the question remains–who really killed the Vizcondes?
Several theories surfaced:
1. The possibility that police men and several Construction workers did the crime. The only problem in this case is–the wounds inflicted against the victims were wounds which only drug crazed individuals would probably do. If a cop did commit the crime, he would probably inflict some mortal wounds, and not several. Likewise, if a cop did it, then, why inflict it severely on the victims? and why even kill the child? Jennifer suffered nineteen stab wounds, all defensive wounds.
There is a strong possibility that Jennifer knew at least one of her assailants, and that’s the reason why she was brutally killed.
Carmela claimed to have been visited several times by a son of a famous politician. Is it entirely possible that this “suitor”, a son of a politician, was the mastermind?
2. If the crime was inflicted by Akyat Bahay gang members, then, why kill the house occupants? Akyat Bahay gang members usually tie their victims up, not kill them. They know the law. They know the consequences of such a gruesome crime. These robbers know that when they kill, they are usually damned.
3. Another theory—the house architect and his boys. They knew the house. They knew the ins and outs of the place. They probably knew when and where to strike. The question really is–why kill everyone with such brutality? NBI sources reveal that the architect was not a drug addict. He is quite known with the Vizcondes. If he did the crime, then, surely, he will leave traces of his blood, sperm cell or what-have-you inside the house.
The problem really is, the cop who went to the crime scene and investigated the incident, Biong, burned all the pieces of evidence that would have led to the arrest of the true suspects.
Biong should be re-arrested and asked again by NBI agents. Biong should be made to confess who ordered the burning of the bedsheets and several other pieces of evidence inside the Vizconde house.
Is it entirely possible that Joey Filart and Artemio Ventura, two suspects on the lam, did it, with Biong and several other cops? Quite possible since these people have access to the subdivision, and they are quite influential.
The DOJ and the NBI have six months to go. They have specific orders from the President to resolve the crime. The People need a closure on this case simply because it has dragged on for several years without a clear result on who really did it.
What is certain is this:
1. Whoever did the crime knew the Vizcondes
2. They were brutes or brutal killers.
3. They don’t have consciences.
4. They are extremely well connected to have evaded the arm of justice for so long.
5. They are extremely influential and rich.
HOPEFULLY, Mang Lauro gets his justice before June 2011. For the suspects, they would have to wait seven more months before they could finally tell themselves we are off the hook.