June 30, 1991, I was 10 years old, when Vizconde Massacre happened; the most sensational case in the country because it involves children of rich and influential families. After 19 years and 4 months, the Supreme Court finally had a decision regarding the said case. On December 14, 2010, Hubert Webb and the rest of the convicted were released.
Two parties suffered a lot. Lauro Vizconde lost three members of his family, not in humane way. Imagine how he lived his life for almost 20 years alone, how he prayed everyday to give his family the justice they deserve. It saddens me because at the end of everything, he didn’t get the justice he has been longing for.
On the other hand, the suspects: Hubert Webb, son of actor/former basketball player/former Senator Freddie Webb; Antonio Lejano II, son of actress-singer Pinky de Leon and nephew of actor Christopher de Leon; Hospicio Fernandez, son of a retired commodore; Michael Gatchalian and Miguel Rodriguez, sons of prominent lawyers; Peter Estrada, son of a wealthy businessman, Joey Filart, believed to be related to former National Capital Region Command chief Marino Filart; and Artemio Ventura, son of a wealthy businessman; spent 15 years in prison, away from their families. Imagine their parents’ suffering.
Each party has different levels of pain and sufferings. Not to be with a loved one or losing a loved one is a devastating event for anyone but when the loss is unexpected the pain is beyond words. Hopefully, in God’s time, they will find forgiveness in their hearts. There are reasons why things happened and only God knows why.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and don't lean on your own understanding. In all things acknowledge him, and he shall direct your way”. - [Proverbs 3:5, 6]