Sunday, December 19, 2010

Is Hubert Webb Guilty in the Vizconde Massacre Case?



hubert webb vizconde massacreYes, in light of all the strong evidence, I do believe that Hubert Webb is indeed guilty. I've gone back and forth several times on whether I should write about this case due to recent transpirings that have culminated in Hubert Webb's acquittal. And being bothered to such an extent, I have finally decided that I should, especially since it seems that a guilty man is being set free with no chance of being retried.


First, if you are unfamiliar with the case or are not up-to-date with the recent transpirings, I recommend reading the following news articles:

- The Vizconde Case
- Timeline: Vizconde Massacre
- Hubert according to Jessica Alfaro's Testimony
- Alfaro's Detailed Testimony 'Clear, Convincing, Sincere'
- Ex-NBI Chief says Webb et al. are Guilty
- SC Acquits Hubert Webb, 6 Others in Vizconde Massacre Case
- Vizconde: This is a 2nd Massacre
- Acquittal does not mean innocence, says SC spokesman
- Exclusive: Hubert Webb's First Interview after Acquittal
- Outrage over decision, sympathy for Vizconde
- ‘Where’s Webb’s maid who washed his bloody clothes?’
- Aquino Orders New Vizconde Slay Probe
- Police ready to reopen Vizconde Case
- Solve Vizconde Case in 6 Months - Palace
- Vizconde Probe goes Hi-Tech
- New witnesses to prove Webb in PH during Vizconde massacre
- 'Appealing Webb acquittal violates double jeopardy prohibition'

carmela vizconde massacreNow, my thoughts:

A strong eyewitness account from someone who was part of the group during the time of the massacre; Webb maids' accounts of washing bloody clothing; the neighborhood security guards' account of seeing Webb that night; the crooked policeman's (who was allegedly ordered to clean the crime scene and destroy evidence) shady doings and his possession of Hubert Webb's jacket; the crooked policeman's former live-in partner's account of the alleged conversation with Webb following the time of the murder, her accompaniment of the policeman to the scene of the crime to retrieve the jacket and murder weapon, and the money received by the policeman at the home of the Webb's; documents provided by the Webbs that have not been scrutinized for their authenticity (the Webbs only provided a xerox copy of Hubert's passport, where is the original? This is common sense, come on!); and now new strong witnesses surfacing (who previously would not out of fear but now would due to a guilty conscience) to prove Hubert Webb was actually in the Philippines during the time period of the massacre; these are some of the strong evidence against Hubert Webb.

Why did the Webbs suddenly go on a busy streak in the US during the time period immediately following the date the crime was committed? In a matter of days, supposedly Hubert buys a bike, gets his license, buys a car, and even goes to Disneyland (and just happens to be videotaped by a stranger). For someone who claims to have been in the US months before the crime took place, why did Hubert not do these things earlier? Why did they coincidentally occur right after the crime was committed?

The DNA Test: Why did the Webb camp just suddenly request for a DNA test and analysis almost two decades after the crime was committed? The decision just seemed to come out of nowhere. And coincidentally, the NBI supposedly can no longer find the specimen to be tested. This, to me, seems very suspicious. It wreaks of Freddie Webb's lobbying (Freddie Webb is Hubert's father, former professional basketball player, former senator, TV/movie actor, and coincidentally also a VIP Quantum Pendant wearer). If it indeed was a result of leveraging influence/power and pulling the right strings, then it was cleverly orchestrated. Connections in law enforcement and the justice system allowed for Webb to claim the right to acquittal due to loss of DNA evidence.

If you watched the post-acquittal interview with Korina Sanchez on TV or from the above list of links, you would have noted a very nervous Webb answering Korina's questions. Why did he seem jumpy and perhaps even visually shaking? And for a man who is supposedly innocent and has just wasted 15 years of his life behind bars, why does Hubert Webb not seem at all mad? If I were in his shoes and were truly NOT guilty, I would not be nervous at all--I would be very enraged and would be very vocal about the years of my life that were wasted by a false verdict. Hubert Webb was not, however. Instead, he seemed very meek and self-effacing, almost to the point that it makes one truly wonder that Hubert Webb may very well be guilty after all. The tone in Korina's voice certainly shared the same suspicion.

lauro vizconde massacreLike I said, in light of the strong evidence against Hubert Webb, I believe he is guilty. And I have a big problem with it if he is just left off the hook like that without further scrutiny and a retrial to definitively prove that he is indeed not guilty.  If you also have a problem with the way things have been handled and have transpired, then I recommend that you be active and vocal about it and provide assistance in whatever way that you can.

A very high-profile case like this serves as a big example. This case must be solved and the Philippine Supreme Court needs to get the decision right, without any question marks. If appealing the Webb acquittal or retrying Webb for the same crime violates the double jeopardy prohibition, then by all means please change the constitution so that justice can be served. Surely, the Philippine justice system would not see it as fit that a suspected guilty individual remain free and at large due to a legal loophole.

So, what do I suggest? I suggest Lauro Vizconde to continue with his pursuit of justice and a reinvestigation before time runs out. The Palace has already ordered the probe.

I suggest the police talk to Gerardo Biong (the crooked policeman) and provide him with witness protection so that he may testify in court about what truly transpired. Biong would have nothing to worry about (except fear of the Webbs' wrath) since he has already served his sentence in regards to this crime.

I suggest the police also try to find two of the original suspects who have remained at large since the crime was committed--these two are Artemio Ventura and Joey Filart. Noting that their flight is indicative of guilt as legal principle, I believe these two have valuable things to say regarding the crime. Police can offer immunity and protection to these two in return for testifying in court.

I suggest the police get back in touch with the maids who saw Webb at the house on the day of the crime and ended up washing Webb's bloody clothing and also with the security guards who saw Webb in the neighborhood during the night.

I suggest the police also take advantage of the new witnesses that are surfacing who could prove that Hubert Webb was actually in the Philippines during the time of the murders. One of whom is a son of a retired associate justice, who could prove that Webb had been playing basketball with him a few days before the massacre.

I suggest the police verify the authenticity of all the evidential documents provided by the Webbs.  They especially need to obtain original documents in hand and not just review xerox copies (e.g., Hubert's passport).   How the Webbs got a way with just providing xerox copies is beyond me.  Hubert really needs to thank his daddy Freddie Webb for having and tapping the right connections.

Finally, I suggest that the Palace and the Senate intervene if the Supreme Court renders Hubert Webb immune to further retrial due to the double jeopardy prohibition.

43 comments:

Dess said...

Ewan ko pero kelangan na talaga mabago ang sistema ng Pilipinas....nakakatakot baka ganito din ang mangyari sa Maguindanao massacre..Wag naman sana dahil nakakaawa ang pamilya ng mga biktima

Anonymous said...

From Mimi: Hi David! It's been a while since your last post!

Anyway, I personally think it should no longer be an issue whether Hubert is guilty or not. He had served 15 years of his life behind bars, and that, somehow, is tantamount to serving reclusion perpetua. We may never know as to who the real culprits were, but putting an 'inncocent' man in prison for life, amid lingering doubt on prosecution's exhibits esp on its star witness, would seem totally inhumane. Just my two cents....

Anonymous said...

I had the exact same reaction to Hubert's release: if he were innocent, he'd be irate, screaming "At Last!" But his expression (along with the others) was, "Whew! Nakalusot! I just got freed by the skin of my teeth."

Anonymous said...

I completely DISAGREE with Mimi. 15 years is NOT reclusion perpetua. Even without the star witness, all other evidence considered, Hubert Webb is still guilty in my opinion. You must have not read David's article and/or read the news articles he listed. Look at all the evidence please. And look at the weakness of the evidence provided by the defense.

And have you seen the video of the Webbs in the US? It's obvious that it was staged. They were in panic mode, so they did all these things in the US to try and cover up.

Er said...

Yes, I do believe Hubert Webb is GUILTY! This acquital only proves taht the RICH and the FAMOUS are still very powerful and influential in the Philippines!!!

Anonymous said...

great analysis david. kahit 4 SC justice convinced na guilty si webb

Anonymous said...

i do believe that mr. webb is guilty and because of this incident, many people will ask "What kind of justice do we have in our country?"

Anonymous said...

i TOTALLY agree with you«! i just finished reading this article:

http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2010/december2010/176389_villarama.htm

it is very long but if you are patient, you will really have an idea of what happened to the case.


justice please....

Anonymous said...

nakakalungkot, philippine justice system is sucks, rotten, and corrupt.

Anonymous said...

napansin din kaya nila o binigyan din ng halaga na ang oras at araw sa atin ay ahead kesa na Amerika at depende pa kung nasaan ka sa America . Bakit naman napakadali nila magbigay husga na sila Webb at mga kasama ay walang sala...

Anonymous said...

nakakalungkot at nakakahinayang ang buhay nawalan ng halaga

Oliver Balais said...

The DNA Test: Why did the Webb camp just suddenly request for a DNA test and analysis almost two decades after the crime was committed? The decision just seemed to come out of nowhere.

My comment is that in the 1990's, both the Webbs and Vizconde wished to have that DNA test. The sperm specimen was still preserved at the NBI at that time. However, we did not have that kind of technology. And now that we do, the specimen is missing. My question is that, why they did not do the testing abroad if we were not capable of doing at that period?

Some were saying that Jessica Alfaro was an NBI asset. All her accusations were scripted, cleverly arranged to coincide with the evidences left in the crime scene.

I'm not saying that Webb is not guilty. But I had this in my mind, what if he was just an ordinary drug addict, happened to be spotted in that subdivision and they used him so that the investigation would stop?

I'm just trying to see things in different perspective. What if?

ronmia said...

great evaluation. i agree with your analysis coconuter. the fact that they apply for the acquittal based on the lost DNA test is somewhat questionable, since after 15 years ngayon lang nila ito hiningi. why not during the trial? do they know na mawawala ito at pede nilang maging leeway para malusutan ito. tsk tsk sad for Mang Lauro he suffered alot.

Anonymous said...

tama ka david.
sabi nila asset "daw" si jessica alfaro.. ang problema, anong basehan nila para maniwala kay sacaging(?). yung boss nga niyang si mison(nbi director) naniniwala na guilty si alfaro tapos mas paniniwalaan nila ang agent lang.

hindi lang naman si jessica, pati mga security guards nagpatotoo rin na pumasok ang 3 kotse nina webb sa gated subdivision ng mga vizconde noong mga panahon na yun. i doubt na makakalusot sa isang guarded subdvision ang isang AKYAT BAHAY gang.

Tsina said...

Hmm. May bagong witness? I didn't know that.

Anonymous said...

I'm so shocked sa mga injustice nangyayari sa Pinas. I am Pinoy and will be Pinoy forever...... But sa mga pagbabastos ng ating justicia sometimes i feel ashame calling myself Pinoy. I'm sure the Webb are laughing right now mocking our system thinking nakalusot sila and above the law. Pero remember meron din KARMA!!!

Anonymous said...

Well, on the facts you presented there is "little" doubt that Webb is guilty, but that little doubt acquits him. That's the way it goes in the legal world: A shade of doubt shall acquit an accused. The alibi of Webb that he was in the US was not assailed by the prosecution, they just presumed that because the Webb's are influential they just fabricated the evidence. This cannot be, the prosecution should have assailed the authenticity of the passports and etc of Hubert Webb.

Anonymous said...

He's a murderer without a doubt. Justice in the Philippines is not for the poor.

Anonymous said...

coconuter, i posted your article in the 'Vizconde Massacre: Have you Forgotten' ha, sana okay lang sa yo at i copied some of the comments here, tutal public naman ang content.

Franceska Pascual said...

coconuter, i specially liked the part na sabi mo they went on a busy streak in a matter of days when the crime is committed. i copied some of the things you said here and posted it on the Vizconde page, hope you don't mind, public content naman diba?

i also want to wish you a prosperous and more successful year ahead. more power to you!

Anonymous said...

i still think hubert webb et al. did it.

Jepoi said...

Wow man! You are so well-informed. Anyhow, I share your belief. I also do think he is guilty. I just can see it in his eyes. Let's hope SC reconsiders its decision come January.

Anonymous said...

i believe webb is 100% guilty why? aside from strong evidences, common sense dictates that you cannot simply put in trial and issue a guilty verdict to an innocent man let alone a very influential person. it's a clear drug-gang raped and murder.

Anonymous said...

i read that hubert webb was in anaheim, california one day before his departure back to the philippines on 10/26/92; and his INS certification showed that his departure exit was in SFR (San Francisco, California); if he was in anaheim a day before he left, why did he exit from san francisco intl airpot instead from LAX (Los Angeles Airport) which is just an hr away from anaheim??? san francisco is abt 6.5hrs drive away (410 miles) from anaheim.

'wish they could do proper & meticulous scrutiny on the webb's evidences as they seem FAKE!

Anonymous said...

I agree. Webb is guilty. They just manipulated everything.

Anonymous said...

khit n anung sabhin ng mga pro hubert di nila matatakasan ang hustisya ng nsa taas dahil xa ang hukom n wlng bias!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi David,

What bothers me among all the evidence / testimonies presented during the case trial is allegedly the admission of the Webb's maid to have washed bloodstained clothes of Hubert after the murder.

Why will ever a maid make such a testimony? What will she ever gain from it? knowing so that at that time the Webb's are very powerful, in fact, up to now. Where is the maid now? What happened to her. Has she just made those statements.

Her testimonies really bothered me. If she is a maid, she must know Hubert well. And if she is even a labandera, she must know Hubert's clothes as well. Why will she made stories that Hubert is here in the country then, when he apparently was in the US?

I hope this fact will be cleared then I would believe that Hubert is indeed in the US. Unless reversed, sorry to opine that I will still believe the maid of the Webbs.

This issue is indeed filled with webs that has to be clarified. I hope immediately so trust in the systems in the country will be regained.

Allan said...

great analysis! I fully agree - Hubert is 100 % guilty, overwhelming evidence. If you listen to the Webb parents, their attitude becomes were evident: "We are rich and influential, therefore untouchable". In their view it was great injustice that their murderer son was convicted and jailed. With him out of jail, their world view is in order again. Sickening!!

Anonymous said...

well well, i believe that hubert webb is guilty. his evidential defense weighs far less then the evidence provided against him. i am not so much worried about if hubert is guilty or not, what i am ultimately worried about is the loss of confidence and belief in our honorable (sarcasm) supreme court system. the incorrect decision by the supreme court, and i feel that they have got it wrong intently shows clearly that there is corruption in the system, rendering no justice served, and the power of money and influences supersede true justice. it makes me angry because when i thought philippines was doing good as a nation and governing body, they had to fuck it up the mood by this ridiculous supreme court decision. "FACE PALM" expression to the philippines government and justice system. when will it get truly better for the filipinos???????????

Anonymous said...

I really think they are guilty (webb et al) I remembered reading one article saying that one of the accused alibi is that he was watching vhs tapes in a friends house.. (10 minutes away from the Vizconde's house) and this "friend" refused to testify..
(If you are a friend and you are hell yeah sure your friend was with you.. wouldn't you help?? It's matter of life and well "death" na rin )
and yung mga evidences
1. yung bag na kalat yung mga gamit. (jessica said she looked inside the bag for keys... finger prints kaya?)
2. DNA maliban sa sperm specimen.. how about saliva or whatnot.. marami nun siguro sa katawan ng biktima..
3.yung bato na nakita malapit sa pinto (yung allegedly binato ni Hubert after doing the crime) finger prints nun nasan? i consider ba yung evidence?
4. finger prints sa cord na ginamit pang tali sa victims? nasan na? may ka match ba (finger prints?)

This is not a well planned crime.. ang dami clues.. pero bakit parang wala naman nangyari..
grabe na talaga to..

Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention another damning piece of evidence, the U.S. said Webb was in the United States during the crime. That fact definitely proves Hubert as the rapist and murderer.

You see the U.S. officials who signed the papers indicating his presence on American soil really needed the money Freddie Webb gave them ($50,000,000 by some accounts). Shame on these people... the PAO should go after them too and put them all on T.V. then send them to the Ombudsman for investigation.

usb error said...

nakakawa c Mr. Vizconde nawalan pa nang anak at asawa nawalan pa nang pag-asa sa ating gobyerno dahil sa kahihiyan

Erica said...

i agree..he's guilty beyond reasonable doubt! at ganon lang description ni hubert webb sa wiki? ano na lang iicpin ng anak ko if mag gooogle siya? most of the links ngsasabi na innocent/acquitted si hubert..buti me mga blog na ganito..btw im 21 n wala pa anak..ahaha kkwento ko sa mga apo ko at apo ko sa tuhod ang injustice nato

Let's Kill Hubert Webb & His Fellow Rapists & Murderers said...

I wish all the powerful people out there should hire assasins to kill the loved ones of these rapists and murderers before they kill them so that they will feel what they've done. That's the only revenge possible...

Anonymous said...

i certainly agree with your observation. if you look at hubert webb after he was released from prison, there is no doubt in my mind that he is a junkee (stone faced, involuntary twitching of muscle in his face and slurred speech)i did not even have an iota of doubt that he is capable of murder. he is also very arrogant btw. i admire ex-senator freddie webb though, he would do everything for his son. kaya lang pera ng mga pilipino yung ginamit nya kasi he was senator back then. at ang nakakainis apelyido pa lang na webb dayuhan na.

Anonymous said...

It's very obvious that his guilty. why did the evidences all of a sudden disappear. everyone in bf paranaque knows he's an addict. why doubt?

Anonymous said...

Ang mga Webb, Nahusgaan na sa langit. Mang Lauro, Mabuhay ka.Kung ako ikaw, padukot mo si Biong at pagsalitain.

teeshupaper said...

This is injustice! I was really in rage when I knew that Webb was acquitted. I was not yet born when this massacre happened so I dug through the internet. There are conflicts in everyone's testimony but still, all evidences point to Hubert Webb.

Mang Lauro, long-live!

Gian said...

sana nga ganun kadali... mang lauro be strong and keep your faith to our Almighty Father... the desires of your heart will be granted at the right time...  the culprits can not sleep well at night for sure and waiting for their eternal punsihment...

Justice said...

Hubert Webb is the real KILLER . 

Justice said...

Hubert is inlove with Carmela . 
Carmela has another boyfriend. 
So Hubert is jealous to Carmela.
Anyway Hubert Webb's FATHER is Strong that day . 
So at anytime and any place they can command Police to burn all the evidence . 
So there is a strong evidence that prove that Hubert is the master mind and his father know about Hubert's case . 
I'm L

cleo said...

Webb. Masusunog din ang kaluluwa mo sa impyerno

Edward Castro said...

hahaha, alfaro's testimony was full of holes and the witnesses to corroborate her story actually weakended her testimony.

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