MANILA, Philippines?These are the highlights of star witness Jessica Alfaro?s testimony, as gleaned from the Supreme Court?s decision:
On the eve of the murders, June 29, 1991, at around 8:30 p.m., Alfaro drove her car with boyfriend Peter Estrada as passenger to the Ayala Alabang Commercial Center parking lot to buy shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) from Artemio ?Dong? Ventura.
There, Ventura introduced Alfaro to his friends: Hubert Webb, Antonio ?Tonyboy? Lejano, Miguel Rodriguez, Hospicio ?Pyke? Fernandez, Michael Gatchalian and Joey Filart.
As Alfaro smoked her shabu, Webb asked her to relay a message to a girl later identified as Carmela Vizconde.
The group drove to the Vizconde house in BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Alfaro relayed Webb?s message to Carmela, but Carmela said she could not go out yet because she had just arrived home. She told Alfaro to return after 20 minutes.
Alfaro relayed this to Webb, who then told the others to drive back to the commercial center where they had another shabu session at the parking lot.
After some time, the group drove back but only Alfaro proceeded to the Vizconde house. Carmela, who was in the garden, approached Alfaro and told her that she (Carmela) had to leave the house for a while.
She told Alfaro to return before midnight, and that she would leave unlocked the pedestrian gate, the iron grills that led to the kitchen, and the kitchen door.
Carmela drove out of their residence in her car, with Alfaro trailing in her own car. On Aguirre Avenue, Carmela dropped off a man whom Alfaro believed was Carmela?s boyfriend.
Returning to her group, Alfaro relayed Carmela?s instructions to Webb; they all went back to the commercial center. In the parking lot, Alfaro told the group about her talk with Carmela. When she told Webb of Carmela?s male companion, his mood changed (?bad trip?).
Webb handed out cocaine, which the group used with the shabu. After some 45 minutes, Webb said it was time for them to leave.
Webb said in Filipino: ?We will line up for Carmela and I will be first.? Lejano said, also in Filipino: ?I?ll be next.?
They left the parking lot in a three-vehicle convoy and arrived at the Vizconde residence shortly before midnight.
In front of the house, Webb reiterated the plan to ?line up for Carmela? and that he would go first. The others said they would just stand guard outside.
Alfaro passed through the pedestrian gate first, followed by Webb, Lejano and Ventura.
Ventura mounted the hood of the Vizcondes? Nissan Sentra and loosened the light bulb over it. The small group then went through the iron grill gate and passed the dirty kitchen.
Inside the house
Carmela opened the aluminum screen door of the kitchen for them. She looked at Webb for a moment and together, they headed to the dining area.
Alfaro decided to go out. When Lejano asked her where she was going, she said she was going for a smoke.
She smoked a cigarette in the garden but headed quickly to her car after hearing a woman?s voice ask, ?Sino yan (Who?s that)??
Alfaro sat in her car for about 10 minutes and then returned to the house using the same route. In the kitchen, she saw Ventura searching a woman?s bag on the dining table.
He told her to look for the keys to the main door and the car. They did not find the keys.
Unable to open the main door, Alfaro returned to the kitchen. She stood on a spot leading to the dining area, heard a noise, and decided to follow it. It was coming from the master bedroom.
Alfaro opened the door a little and peeked inside. As she walked in, she saw Webb on top of Carmela, who was gagged, moaning, and in tears while Webb raped her.
Two bloodied bodies lay on the bed.
Lejano was at the foot of the bed, about to put on his jacket.
Alfaro left the room after Webb gave her a meaningful look.
She met Ventura in the dining area and told him to ?prepare an escape.?
She was shocked by what she saw, and rushed out of the house and into her car.
Emerging from the house with Lejano and Ventura, Webb picked up a stone and threw it at the main door, breaking its glass frame.
As they neared the pedestrian gate, Webb told Ventura that he had left his jacket in the house. Ventura said they could not get in anymore as the iron grills had already locked.
Everyone got into their cars and drove to a large house with high walls, concrete fence, steel gate and a long driveway at BF Executive Village. They entered the compound and gathered at the lawn where the ?blaming session? took place.
This was where Alfaro and those who remained outside the Vizconde house learned of what had happened. The first to be killed was Carmela?s mother, then Jennifer, then Carmela.
Ventura asked Webb: ?Bakit naman pati yung bata (Did the child have to be included)??
Webb said Jennifer had awakened and, seeing him molesting Carmela, jumped on him, bit his shoulders and pulled his hair. He got mad, grabbed her, pushed her to the wall and stabbed her repeatedly.
Webb called someone on his cell phone
At around 2 a.m., Gerardo Biong arrived and Webb ordered him to clean up the Vizconde house.
Webb told his companions: ?We don?t know each other. We haven?t seen each other??