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I was still in high school when the controversial Vizconde massacre happened. At that time, we still live in BF Homes and the massacre happened in one of the villages inside BF Homes Paranaque. So it was really a big news in our area. Fingers were all pointing to Hubert Webb and his friends, until they were convicted for the crime 15 years ago. This time, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the lower court and acquitted Hubert Webb et al.
Prosecution failed to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubts; despite testimonies from Jessica Alfaro who is the primary witness. Supreme Court ruled out her testimonies and said that these testimonies cannot be relied upon.
As a parent, my reaction to this issue is mixed. I pity Lauro Vizconde for losing his family because of a non-sense crime; on the other hand, since Hubert Webb et al were acquitted they spent 15 years and 6 months of their lives inside the jail. Only to be decided later on that they were not guilty; they can no longer go back to those years lost.
I wish our justice system would work overtime in solving crimes; our time spent here on the face of the earth is in the hands of our Creator; we don't have the luxury of time. We must do whatever it is we can do today for we are not sure if there is still tomorrow.
How do you feel about the Supreme Court's acquittal of Hubert Webb et al? Did they make the right decision this time?