A lot of people are unhappy with the Philippine justice system at the moment. Some people are accusing some members of the Supreme Court of being corrupt and very biased. I think that those who are unhappy with the Supreme Court should go down a few more levels and take a hard look at the Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine media. I don’t understand why people are letting them off the hook. The members of the Supreme Court should not bear the brunt of the blame for all the bungled cases in the Philippines.
Personally, I do not know if I can still trust any members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to deal with the simplest of police matters. I don’t know if they can actually be capable of putting even a little bit of competence and professionalism in their jobs. God forbid that I ever find myself in need of their assistance in any way, anytime in the future. They really suck. The PNP sucked on June 30, 1991; and they sucked in whatever low profile cases they handled between then and when they sucked big time on the 23rd of August 2010.
The NBI for that matter is also quite suspect in the way they handle their cases. Who knows how many innocent men and women have been convicted of crimes they did not commit because of the way they tamper with evidence and manipulate witnesses involved in the cases?
The Philippine media for their part, never fail to sensationalize the news and conduct a trial-by-media just to fatten the bottom line of their CEO’s report. Whether it is about Hubert Webb or former President Gloria Arroyo, you cannot rely on the Philippine media to give a balanced view. Where else but in the Philippines is a movie made out of a case while the trial is still on-going? It’s safe to assume that most Filipinos who were old enough to care in 1991 know more about the details of the Vizconde massacre from the movie The Vizconde Massacre Story (God Help Us!). I wouldn’t even be surprised if the judge in Hubert Webb’s case based her decision on the movie. Hello! The crime was committed in 1991, the movie made in 1993, and star witness Jessica Alfaro emerged in 1995!
One of the latest news reports said: “Lauro Vizconde today broke down as he mourned the decision of the Supreme Court to acquit the convicted murderers of his wife Estrelita, and daughters Carmela and Jennifer”. As I read it, I felt sorry for Mr. Vizconde, Hubert Webb, his family, Hubert’s his co-accusers and their family. Whoever killed the Vizcondes got away with the crime. Whether they got away with it in 1991 or now, they still got away with it.
Another news report said: “In his extemporaneous speech at the 20th anniversary of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the President said the children today are luckier compared to the children during the Martial Law years when he was barely 12 years old and aware that there was no promising future for them”. As I read that one, I felt a bit sick to my stomach. I had to ask myself: What is President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) smoking, really? He seems to be hallucinating in his speeches.
Can somebody please tell PNoy that children of today are not luckier compared to the children during the Martial Law years? I feel like PNoy is living in a bubble and gets no reality checks whatsoever. He might not be aware of Webb and his companion’s acquittal or worse, PNoy might not be aware of the implication of the acquittal.
For PNoy and his supporters’ sakes, I would just like to point out that the acquittal means that there is no justice in the Philippines. There is no justice for the accused and there is no justice for the victims. Whatever people say about the Supreme Court, it is evident from the reports that the PNP, NBI and the media are all accomplices in this Vizconde massacre fiasco — not too different from the Mendoza hostage fiasco.
Just like in the Mendoza hostage crisis, the transcript of the testimonies and the sequence of events in the Vizconde case do not make any sense at all. In the Vizconde case, at lot of holes were ignored; like the fact that the lone star witness was very high on drugs at the time of the crime. How can someone who was high at the time remember all the details in her testimony five years after? I can’t even remember in detail what I did last weekend let alone five years ago. And goodness knows why she was always wearing shades in her appearances? Hiding her shifty eyes perhaps?
I cannot claim to know about the details of the case but it is pretty obvious to me that it all boils down to the excellent way the PNP; NBI and the Philippine media bungled it. It would have been another crime if the Supreme Court did not dismiss the case this time around because there was no doubt that there was too much doubt in the credibility of the witnesses.
The next time someone accuses you of something; don’t expect any kind of fair treatment from the Philippine authorities. You’d b be better off following the advice given to Forrest Gump: Run!