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PNP forms special probe team to assist in reinvestigation of Vizconde massacre

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has created a special investigation team to assist in the reinvestigation of the celebrated Vizconde massacre case.

PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo particularly instructed PNP Chief of Directorial Staff (TCDS) and the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) to organize a special investigation team that will conduct parallel investigation of the 19-year-old rape-murder case.

Bacalzo issued these instructions even as he expressed confidence the reinvestigation by concerned government agencies will be able to identify and indict suspects in the Vizconde massacre before the case reaches its 20-year prescriptive period on June 30, 2011.

PNP-DIDM Director Arturo Cacdac is tasked to supervise the Special Investigation Team that will be composed of crime investigators from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), forensic examiners from the Crime Laboratory and operatives from intelligence and investigative units of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

Bacalzo said the Special Investigation Team is under instructions to closely coordinate all investigative efforts with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The Chief PNP also assured the availability of other PNP personnel, units and resources in support of the operations of the Special Investigation Team.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. issued a Memorandum on Dec. 16, directing the DOJ, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), PNP and NBI “to conduct a thorough reinvestigation of the case, utilizing all available resources at your disposal to finally solve the same with the end-in-view of apprehending and prosecuting the authors of the crime.”

The move came following the Supreme Court's order releasing the earlier convicted suspects, led by Hubert Webb, after finding the testimonies of star witness Jessica Alfaro as inconsistent.

Webb and five other suspects had been detained since 1995 for the Vizconde massacre. (PNA)




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