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The neighbors of Jeffrey Yosores broke into tears—of happiness, when the latter was eventually released from his detention two days ago, February 28. The young man stayed in prison for almost 2 months. He was the sole accused of the alleged rape-slay case of Erica Jean “EJ” Rosal, who was found killed in the highway of the by-pass road, just last January. Through the single testimony of a tricycle driver, the Divisoria Police arrested thenYosores, and filed the necessary complaint against him, at the City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO).

However, the tide changed, to instead favor the accused. Accordingly, the CPO found the evidence against the accused to be insufficient, its resolution was it did not find any probable cause, as to still hold the young man. Thus, it released him. So Yosores was eventually able to go home. Partner Jerome Francisco Roxas followed his story. Literally, Partner Jerome was there when Yosores was fetched by his overjoyed relatives, and until to their very residence in Luyahan.

Later, the rest of Barangay eMedia’s other field reporters made the second visit to the Yosores’ residence yesterday morning, to interview his relatives and neighbors. All of them belied that the young man was involved to the crime. They said that he was only falsely accused. They also proved that the young man was in the house, the entire night, when the crime took place in the by-pass road.

However, the DNA testing, which the police are hoping to arrive, are still in Manila. Its result may come next month yet. They said that in case, the same testing can lead to match the genes of Yosores, they will be obliged to file another case against him, and may re-arrest him in the process. Albeit, Yosores, and the people who are supporting him, is very positive that the DNA results will rather confirm his innocence.

Obviously, the young man arrived home very anxious to hug his parents. He also sobbed, soon as he stepped to their portals. On his detention time, partner Jerome was able to establish friendship with him. Apparently, the regular visit of the latter to Yosores’ cell, and his routine interview with the former, did probably cause the said friendship.

One of the questions of the public is: does Yosores has the cause of action against the tricycle driver, who pointed him to be the accused? Besides, the same tricycle driver had also executed an affidavit. Hence, many pitied Yosores, so that they wanted him to also file an action against the latter, maybe perjury, and to include damages.

The young man suffered, he lost his job and he was temporarily hated by the angry sympathizers of the rape-slay victim—Rosal. Notwithstanding, the wheel of justice is active and is not dormant at all. The momentum of this particular case might be pretty slow, as according to the way we measure time, but notably, it however bore a sure fruition, at the end.

We just hope that the driver who pointed Yosores was honest, and did not deliberately concoct those stories, for the sake of the high staked bounty—to whoever can provide knowledge of the crime, else if he lied he should pay the consequences. Anyways, the authorities are still on their continuous search. By all means, anytime they may be able to absolutely solve the case.

Are there how many detained, or even convicted, persons who are also totally innocent, so that their consequent incarcerations are undeserving and a horrible injustice—they are too powerless to fight their own battles? This is the very reason why those who are against the revival of the capital punishment are vehemently standing on their ground, as to oppose it.

One of their convincing contentions is that: they are trying indeed to protect the helpless innocents, who are put to prison because they never have the strength to defend themselves. Well, we saw this particular truth displayed in the person of Yosores. Good because his prosecutor objectively favored the insufficiency of the evidence against him. Legal folks call such as the relevance of the probable cause, to set the real trial in motion.

“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: ‘How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;I will make my words known to you.’” (Prov. 1:20-23, ESV)

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