Despite the limited time, a reinvestigation of the Vizconde massacre case is still possible according to Malacanang. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte explained that the Vizconde Massacre investigation will not necessarily mean that it will be “entirely back to square one.” She said that since the evidences gathered before from the crime scene are still available today, they can restart the investigation from there. The lone star witness of the case is Jessica Alfaro. The witness is reportedly hiding in the US now.

Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima earlier said that she will order the reinvestigation of the Vizconde massacre case after the Supreme Court acquitted former prime suspect Hubert Webb and his co-accused namely: Tony Boy Lejano, Michael Gatchalian, Miguel Rodriguez, Peter Estrada, Pyke Fernandez, Joey Filart, and Dong Ventura. They were previously accused in the murder of Estrellita Vizconde and her two daughters, Carmela and Jennifer Vizconde in their residence in BF Homes Subdivision in Paranaque last June 1991.

Due to the prescriptive period of the case provided for in the revised Penal code, investigators have until June 2011 to pin down the perpetrators. Article 89 of the Revised Penal Code indicates that the criminal liability of a person suspected of committing a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment is “extinguished” by prescription of the crime and prescription of penalty. Article 90 of the Revised Penal Code says “crimes punishable by death, reclusion perpetua or reclusion temporal shall prescribe in twenty years.”

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Vizconde Massacre Case: Reinvestigation can still be done according to Government |