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De Lima: Reinvestigation of Vizconde massacre case possible

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said there is a possibility that the Department of Justice order a reinvestigation of the sensational Vizconde massacre case.

Speaking to reporters today, De Lima said she will meet with National Bureau of Investigation director Magtanggol Gatdula to talk about the possibility of a reinvestigation under efforts to find the real culprits of the massacre in 1991.

"I have to discuss it with them. I want to know what happened before.... I want to know how they handled the evidence. I will discuss with Director Gatdula because we are aware of Mr. Lauro Vizconde's call for a reinvestigation," De Lima said.

"I am very inclined [to order a reinvestigation]," she added.

De Lima's statement came a day after the Supreme Court acquitted Hubert Webb, a son of a former senator, and six other persons involved in the gruesome slay of three members of the Vizconde family almost two decades ago.

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The news of the suspects' acquittal came as a shock to Lauro Vizconde, who burst into tears and declared that "there is no longer justice in the country."

The family patriarch also called on the justices to find the real perpetrators of the massacre.

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