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MANILA, Philippines - Former Vice-President and former Justice Secretary Teofisto Guingona, accompanied by Lauro Vizconde, filed before the Supreme Court today, a motion for leave to intervene to support the motion for reconsideration filed by Vizconde seeking a reversal of the high court's ruling in the Vizconde massacre case. Guingona said that he filed the motion in his capacity as the incumbent justice secretary at the time of the filing of the charges by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in 1995. This, Guingona said, makes him a real-party-in-interest in the successful prosecution of the case against Hubert Webb, et al. at the trial stage. Guingona also said that he filed the motion in his capacity as former chairman of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC) and former acting chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board "active in shaping the country's political, judicial and social structure and system." During an interview with reporters, Guingona said that while Webb's camp's assertion that under Section 2, Rule 19 of the Rules of Court, a motion for intervention should be filed before the rendition of judgment, there are exceptions to this rule, especially when the case is of national interest and in favor of the "higher interest of justice." Guingona said his intervention in support of Vizconde's motion for reconsideration is mainly anchored on the fact that as Department Justice (DOJ) secretary at the time of the filing of the charges and preliminary investigation stage of the case, he was convinced of prosecution star witness Jessica Alfaro's credibility. No law stopping NBI assets from testifiying Guingona also defended Alfaro from the Supreme Court majority ruling stating her testimony was incredible, and she, as state witness, was a mere NBI fabrication. Guingona said Alfaro executed two affidavits to the NBI then because when her first statement was executed, it was with NBI agents she did not trust, and therefore, Alfaro chose to hold back vital information. Guingona also said the issue raised by the Court on Alfaro being an NBI asset is actually a non-issue since there is no law barring assets from testifying. Vizconde, meantime, expressed gratitude to Guingona for his continued support, from the time of the filing of the complaint in 1995 up to now. Vizconde said Guingona's motion to intervene will make his motion for reconsideration stronger. Vizconde reiterated his position that the Court should take a second look at his case. Guingona and the other intervenors in favor of Vizconde's motion for reconsideration are also hoping that they are allowed to say their piece before the 15-member Court during the oral arguments Vizconde requested on January 25. The Court has yet to rule on these latest pleadings.
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2011 for the course ACCOUNTANC 506 taught by Professor Mr.reyes during the Spring '11 term at University of the Philippines Diliman.

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