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ALFARO: Tagging me an NBI agent “all crap.”


Jessica Alfaro stands by story

Guingona insists star witness is credible

By Cathy C. Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:29:00 01/07/2011

Filed Under: Massacre, Crime and Law and Justice

MANILA, Philippines?Star witness Jessica Alfaro stands by her story that Hubert Webb and his friends were the perpetrators of the Vizconde massacre.

She also denied being an asset or agent of the National Bureau of Investigation in an e-mail sent to the Philippine Daily Inquirer Thursday through the victims? relatives.

Alfaro, 46, said tagging her as such in an effort to discredit her was ?all crap,? even asking how come she had never received any compensation from the NBI if it were true.

?I stand by my story,? Alfaro?s e-mail read. ?Am I dismayed by the decision of the (Supreme Court)? Yes, but what can I do (?)?

?I am not an NBI agent nor an NBI asset. Thats all crap (sic)! Eh di sana may sweldo ako. Di naman ako puwede magtrabaho don,? she added using slang text in Filipino in her message. (I should have had a salary. But I could not work there)

Alfaro has said she is no longer interested in testifying after learning of the high tribunal?s decision last Dec. 14, acquitting Webb et al. because the prosecution had failed to establish their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

She also shrugged off questions by the Inquirer about the circumstances related to the rape and murder of Carmela Vizconde, 18, in the massacre on June 30, 1991, in which her mother Estrellita, 47, and sister Jennifer, 7, were also repeatedly stabbed to death.

All documented

?It?s all documented, she can refer to that,? Alfaro told Vizconde?s nephew Rodel in reference to this reporter?s queries sent through e-mail. ?That?s all I can say. I hope this will help.?

Webb, 41, son of former Sen. Freddie Webb, was freed last month, along with six others accused.

President Benigno Aquino III has ordered a reinvestigation of the case to establish the truth about one of the most heinous crimes in the country.

The Constitution proscribes a retrial of Webb and the others acquitted?all scions of wealthy families?under the principle of double jeopardy.

Motion for reconsideration

In clearing Webb et al., the Supreme Court cast doubt on Alfaro?s credibility by describing her as ?an NBI asset? with a past marred by drug use.

The tribunal also noted that Alfaro submitted two affidavits with ?significant discrepancies? on April 28 and May 22, 1995.

Last Dec. 29, widower Lauro Vizconde filed a motion for reconsideration with the Supreme Court.

Vizconde, 72, who was working in a restaurant in the United States when his wife and daughters were slaughtered, defended Alfaro. He said the credibility of NBI agent Artemio Sacaguing, in whose presence the sketchier first affidavit was prepared, ?was never established? in court.

It was in the second affidavit, narrated in the presence of NBI agent Jun Nombres, a childhood friend of her father, that Alfaro revealed seeing Webb in the act of ?pumping? Carmela who was gagged, moaning and in tears as she was violated in the master bedroom.

Sacaguing testified that Alfaro was an NBI informer and the Supreme Court concluded that she was produced by the agency in 1995?four years after the murders?to implicate Webb and his group as ?a badge of excellent investigative work.?

High on drugs

Other highlights of Alfaro?s testimony in court:

Alfaro drove with boyfriend Peter Estrada to the Alabang Town Center (ATC) parking lot to buy shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) from Artemio ?Dong? Ventura on June 29, 1991.

Alfaro said it was there where Estrada introduced her to his friends Webb, Antonio ?Tonyboy? Lejano, Miguel Rodriguez, Hospicio ?Pyke? Fernandez, Michael Gatchalian and Joey Filart.

Alfaro was already high on shabu when Webb asked her to relay a message to Carmela in BF Homes Pitong Daan enclave in Parañaque City.

Carmela had just arrived home when Alfaro came so the girl asked her to return after 20 minutes.

Alfaro and the others went back to ATC for another shabu session.

The group went back to BF Pitong Daan. Alfaro proceeded to the Vizconde house and saw Carmela in the garden.

Carmela said she had to leave the house for a while and asked Alfaro to return before midnight. Carmela said she would leave the pedestrian gate, the iron grills that led to the kitchen and the kitchen door unlocked.

Gang rape planned

Alfaro trailed Carmela as she drove out of BF Pitong Daan. Somewhere along Aguirre Avenue, Alfaro saw Carmela drop off a man whom she believed to be the girl?s boyfriend.

Alfaro returned to ATC and briefed Webb about Carmela?s instructions. But when she also told Webb of Carmela?s male companion, his mood changed (?bad trip?).

The group had another session, this time mixing cocaine with shabu. After 45 minutes, Webb said it was time to leave.

Alfaro recalled hearing Webb say in Filipino: ?We will line up for Carmela and I will be first (?Pipilahan natin. Ako ang mauuna.?) Lejano answered that he would be next.

The group arrived in front of the Vizconde residence in a three-vehicle convoy shortly before midnight.

Alfaro passed through the gate first, followed by Webb, Lejano and Ventura.

Eyewitness to rape

Ventura mounted the hood of the Vizcondes? Nissan Sentra parked in the garage and loosened the light bulb over it. The smaller group then went through the iron grill gate and passed the dirty kitchen.

Alfaro said 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.

While smoking in the garden, she heard a woman?s voice ask ?Sino ?yan?? prompting her to rush quickly back to her car.

After about 10 minutes, Alfaro returned inside the house through 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 coming from the master bedroom and decided to follow it.

Why Jennifer was killed

Alfaro opened the door and peeked. She saw Webb ?pumping? Carmela who was gagged, moaning and in tears. Two bloodied bodies lay on the bed.

Lejano was at the foot of the bed about to put on his jacket.

Shocked by what she saw, Alfaro said she still recalled Webb picking up a stone and throwing it at the main door, breaking its glass frame before they rushed out.

In a ?blaming session? held in another house inside BF Homes, Alfaro pieced together that Carmela?s mother Estrellita was the first to be killed, then 7-year-old Jennifer.

At one point, Alfaro heard Ventura ask Webb: ?Bakit naman pati ?yung bata?? (Why include the child?)

Webb said Jennifer had awakened while he was raping Carmela. The child jumped on him, bit his shoulders and pulled his hair. In his fury, he grabbed Jennifer, pushed her to the wall and stabbed her repeatedly.

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