Hubert Webb willing to return to prison if proven guilty

Shortly before his release from New Bilibid Prison yesterday after being acquitted in the Vizconde massacre case, Hubert Webb said he is willing to return to prison if the evidence in the case proves his guilt, reports PEP.ph. For instance, he said that if his passport-which supported his alibi that he was in the US at the time of the massacre-was proven tampered, he would go back to jail. "Babalik ako kung sinabi ninyong ’yong mga ipinirisinta namin, sinasabi na passport na may punit, lisensiyang hindi totoo, ticket na... Kung gusto ninyo suriin ang mga ipinakita namin, babalik ako dito."

(Associate Justice Martin S. Villarama Jr., who penned the dissenting opinion, wrote in the 88-page document, "The non-submission in evidence of his original passport, which was not formally offered and made part of the records, had deprived the (Regional Trial Court, Court of Appeals,) and this Court the opportunity to examine the same. Such original is a crucial piece of evidence which unfortunately was placed beyond judicial scrutiny.")

Webb also denied having his father, former Sen. Freddie Webb, buy off people to clear his name. He said he would not have stayed in prison for 15 years if that were the case. "Labinlimang taon... Four thousand days! Why would we agree, ’di ba? Ngayon pa na wala na ’yong daddy ko (sa senado), tapos saka kami nagbayad na?"

He said he has long forgiven the people that put him in jail. He added that he understands the sentiment of Lauro Vizconde, husband of the victim Estrellita and father of victims Carmela and Jennifer. "Marami sa atin ganoon, na sa galit, na ayaw tingnan ’yong totoong nasa harap (A lot of us might not see the truth because of anger)."

He said he prays for the real killers to be brought to justice. He added that he hopes Jessica Alfaro, the star witness who testified in court that she witnessed the massacre, would tell the truth.

"Jessica is gone," Alfaro’s neighbor abroad supposedly emailed her relative, who refused to be identified, reports Inquirer.net. The email was allegedly sent after the acquittal was announced.

For more on this story, log on to PEP.ph, Inquirer.net and MB.com.ph.

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