[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 14 December 2010 Tuesday

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Newsbriefs 14 December 2010 Tuesday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


SC acquits Hubert Webb, 6 others in Vizconde massacre case (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines-(UPDATE 4) The Supreme Court today acquitted former senator's son Hubert Webb and six others in connection with the celebrated Vizconde massacre case.

"The prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of the accused," court administrator and spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said.

Marquez said seven justices who voted for the acquittal are questioning the quality of the prosecution's main witness.

"Jessica Alfaro is an NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) agent, not really an eye witness," Marquez said.

"There were also suspicious details showing inherent inconsistencies, all corroboration cannot be relied on.In all, there is reasonable and lingering doubt on the guilt of the accused," Marquez said.


Supreme Court denies Webb acquittal involved money (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-The Supreme Court on Tuesday vehemently denied allegations that money changed hands in the acquittal of Hubert Webb and five other accused in the Vizconde massacre case.

Midas Marquez, the tribunal's spokesman and court administrator, stressed that the seven justices who voted to acquit Webb et al based their decision on court documents and transcripts of records from the Parañaque regional trial court which tried the case.

"It would be better if they read the majority decision," Marquez replied when asked to comment on insinuations that the justices received money to vote in favor of Webb's petition.

He also downplayed allegations that Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio had a hand in the acquittal of the accused.

"Justice Carpio inhibited himself from the case early on. I don't see any reason how he could influence other justices," he said.

Palace won't comment on SC's Vizconde ruling (ABS-CBN News)
MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang has no comment on the Supreme Court decision acquitting Hubert Webb and 5 others in the Vizconde massacre case. 
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said it is a "personal matter" between the parties and that the government has no stake on the issue. 
"With all due respect, it's a personal matter between the parties, We have no say on that. The government has no stake on the case," Lacierda said in an ambush interview. 
"I think it is irrelevant, the fact that it was decided under this administration. The case was decided based on the assessment of the justices of the appeal so we can't comment any further on that. It's a decision made entirely by a separate branch of government so we leave it up to them. Why it took nineteen years? That's for them to decide and not for us to comment on," Lacierda said.

After 15 years in prison, Webb, 5 others walk free (www.gmanews.tv)

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. - After spending 15 years behind bars, Hubert Webb and five other fellow convicts in the Vizconde massacre finally walked free on Tuesday.

A radio dzBB report said the six individuals were released from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Elma's PCGG formula to solve EO1 just one option: Palace (ABS-CBN News )
MANILA, Philippines - The Palace legal team was meeting on Tuesday to discuss the Palace's next moves following the Supreme Court's decision that declared Executive Order (EO) 1 forming the Truth Commission as unconstitutional.  

"The legal panel is presently threshing out possible courses of action. I am awaiting their recommendations," President Aquino said in a text message. 

One of the proposals being discussed is the suggestion of Secretary Magdangal Elma, presidential adviser for special concerns, to have cases of graft and corruption during the Arroyo administration investigated by the PCGG.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said it is just one of the options being considered by the Palace, and that the executive has yet to come up with a position.

Aquino's P1.6-trillion spending plan okayed (www.manilastandardtoday.com)

The House and Senate approved without cuts the P1.654-trillion national appropriations for 2011, the first spending plan of the Aquino administration.

The budget includes the P21 billion conditional cash transfer program, which is approved without cuts but with safeguards put in place, lawmakers said.

Today, the House is expected to ratify the budget after the Senate ratitied it last night.


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