By Alcuin Papa
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:48:00 12/18/2010
Filed Under: Police, Massacre, Crime and Law and Justice
MANILA, Philippines—Obeying a directive from President Aquino, the Philippine National Police said Saturday it was organizing a special task force for the reinvestigation of the Vizconde massacre. PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said the task force will use new methods and new technology in its reinvestigation. On Friday, the Palace released an order directing the Justice Department and law-enforcement agencies, including the PNP, to reinvestigate the case. The 20-year prescription period of the Vizconde massacre, after which no more charges can be filed against anyone, is due to lapse in six months. “We will follow the orders of our President. As of this moment, the PNP is organizing the special investigation task group,” Cruz said. Once the task group is created, it would immediately conduct a case conference or case review. While Cruz could not say who would lead the task force and who would compose it, he said the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group will most likely play a key role. “The procedures and process which were undertaken (during the first investigation) will be reviewed. There might have been something we missed, or there was something wrong. There might be a new scientific process that we can use for new results,” Cruz said. Another focus of the task group is the hunt for the two accused in the case who are still at large: Joey Filart and Artemio Ventura. “There might be a new law that we can use to catch them somehow and bring them to justice,” Cruz said. The PNP spokesman also said the PNP will do everything in its power to reinvestigate the case and provide some sort of closure despite the tight deadline. “We will do everything. We will use the new equipment acquired by our Crime Laboratory and the new investigative skills that...