SC wants end to controversy on Vizconde massacre case ruling

February 23, 2011 11:58 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 23 – The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday expressed its preference to end the unending controversy in connection with its ruling on the Vizconde massacre case.

In a press conference, SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez told reporters that the High Court would not anymore speak about the controversial case without the sufficient newly-found evidence.

Marquez said that he has conversed with the magistrates being implicated by Lauro Vizconde on the alleged lobbying of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio to his co-magistrates in order to acquit the group of Hubert Webb in the Vizconde massacre case.

Marquez said that he has talked to SC Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin and the latter admitted to him that he only talked once to Visconde and that was at the elevator of the Court of Appeals (CA) wherein he only greeted Vizconde then.

Marquez added that on the part of SC Associate Justice Jose Mendoza, the latter also admitted that he talked to Vizconde when he went to the CA to give him a "social call" and congratulate him for his appointment as justice of the CA.

However, when Vizconde talked about the murder case of his wife and daughters, Mendoza ended the conversation, saying that he has nothing to do with the case as it was not handled by his division at the CA then.

Mendoza even dared the group of Vizconde that if they have evidence regarding the alleged P50-million lobby fund to acquit the group of Webb, they should prove it.

If there's enough basis, Marquez said, the Ethics Committee of the SC may conduct an investigation into the allegations of Vizconde.

It can be recalled that the SC ruled with finality on Dec. 14, 2010 acquitting Webb and the six co-accused in the Vizconde massacre case because of the failure of the prosecutor to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

The SC said that the testimony of star witness, Jessica Alfaro was full of inherent inconsistencies. (PNA)



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