SC orders NBI to show proof of semen turnover to lower court

July 25, 2010 10:32 pm 

MANILA, July 25 – The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to prove that it handed over to the Paranaque City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 74 the semen sample used during the trial of the Vizconde case in 1996.

It also directed the NBI to explain the alleged conflicting representations in its April 27, 2010 compliance and manifestation, saying the specimen was already turned over to the RTC as early as 1996 and its 1997 letter which categorically stated that “the specimen gathered is still existing and in the custody of the NBI” as of April 23, 1997.

The SC, in its resolution, has granted the request of Vizconde massacre case prime suspect and convicted rapist Hubert Webb, for the NBI to show proof of the release of the specimen to Parañaque RTC.

The sperm sample was taken from Carmela Vizconde, who was repeatedly raped before she was murdered along with her mother and baby sister in 1991 in Parañaque City.

The Parañaque RTC staff earlier denied that the semen specimen was still with them.

Last April, the SC approved Webb’s request to submit for DNA analysis the specimen and see if findings produced a match with his DNA.

Webb said the test will prove that he was not involved in the rape and murder.

The SC will utilize the services of the University of the Philippines Natural Science and Research Institute (UP-NSRI) for Webb's DNA test.

But in a letter dated May 13, 2010, UP-NSRI’s Dr. Maria Corazon De Ungria informed the court that its DNA Analysis Laboratory has not received any specimen from the NBI nor from the Parañaque RTC, and thus, “the laboratory has not been able to comply with the Supreme Court directive.” (PNA)

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