Vizconde lesson

THE Vizconde reinvestigation composite team constituted by Justice Secretary De Lima has finally revealed its findings, beating the prescriptive period for the filing of another case resulting from the incident , by a hair.

Once more, the nation braces for another trial odyssey aimed at putting closure to that lingering quest for justice for the victims in the gory Parañaque carnage 20 years ago.

It is difficult to withhold  disgust over the sloppy handling of the first  – and protracted – Vizconde trial in terms of the time, effort and resources wasted, as a consequence thereof,  by the prosecution, the defense and the government.

More specifically, how can public indignation be obviated over the obvious incompetence of the government investigators and prosecutors who handled until conclusion the first Vizconde trial?
One great lesson that was learned/underscored  in that first Vizconde trial fiasco is the need for a competent, through and skillful CRIME INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE by government investigators.

And obviously with more, if urgent, reason these days when crime elements are more emboldened, mostly syndicated, and when crime commission has become sophisticated, what with the perpetrators’ access to high-tech, modern-day means of communication and state-of-the-art weaponry.

If government has to spend a fortune for training/retraining its men, as well as acquiring gadgets/facilities,  to cope with the inevitable chore of high-tech crime investigation in this cyber age, then spend it must, as it were to satisfactorily fulfill its inherent mandate to  ensure state and population security.

The mistaken notion is that once the prosecution files the criminal complaint against an accused in court, evidence in support thereof is sufficient to en-sure his conviction.

This is certainly a misperception.

The evidence required for purposes of filing the criminal information in  court is ONLY prima facie evidence – or one that merely engenders belief that the accused may have, indeed, committed the felony/crime charged. (To be continued)


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