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SC junks Vizconde appeal

By Cathy C. Yamsuan
INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 17:31:00 01/18/2011

Filed Under: Crime and Law and Justice, Judiciary (system of justice), Massacre

MANILA, Philippines? (UPDATE) The Supreme Court voted 7-4-4 Tuesday to favor the junking of Lauro Vizconde?s appeal for reconsideration of its decision acquitting Hubert Webb and six other co-accused in the celebrated Vizconde massacre case.

A report by DZIQ Radyo Inquirer said that seven Justices voted down the appeal, four Justices dissented with the majority decision and four others abstained from voting.

The High Court also denied the motion for intervention filed by former Vice President Teofisto Guingona.

The tribunal also asked Dante Jimenez, former head of the Volunteers against Crime and Corruption to explain his outburst or his use of harsh words to criticize the verdict.

Vizconde said he was not surprised with the decision. The high court, he said, could not afford to embarrass the members who voted to acquit Web and his co-accused who were convicted by the lower courts and who languished in jail for 15 years.

"Of course, I already knew that that would happen. The SC would not give my motion a chance because it could not embarrass its own justices (who voted for acquittal).
I was expecting it," he said.

Webb, the son of former Representative and Senator Freddie Webb, was the principal suspect in the killing of Vizconde?s wife and two daughters in their residence in Paranaque City in 1991.



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