“A glaring symbol of injustice.”
This was how vice presidential candidate and Senate Majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano described the case of Lauro Vizconde, the patriarch of the family murdered in their own home in 1991.
Attending Vizconde’s interment at the Manila Memorial Park, Cayetano said the broken justice system is culprit to the continuing disorder and lack of security in the country.
“This is something personal to me. My dad, the late Sen. Rene Cayetano, helped Mr. Lauro Vizconde seek justice for his family. To see that Mr. Lauro died without getting justice 25 years after the heinous crime happened is not only heart-breaking, it also angers me,” Cayetano said.
“This is the reason why, 25 years after this happened, hardened criminals still murder Filipino families and rape women and children with impunity,” Cayetano added.
The senator said the Vizconde case highlights the double standards in the government’s concept of justice. “If you are poor, you’ll rot in jail. If you’re rich and influential, you’ll get away scot-free. This is wrong. This cannot continue any longer,” he stressed.
"Nakakalungkot na ililibing natin si Ka Lauro nang hindi pa natatapos ang kanyang laban para sa hustisya. Kaya para sa mga kagaya niyang napagkaitan nito, nais naming ituloy ang krusada na maging ligtas ang ating mga kababayan sa kalye at sa kanilang mga bahay," the senator assured.
If elected, Cayetano said he will address the disorder and rampant criminality in the country by strengthening the five pillars of the criminal justice system.
“I will not allow disorder and the lack of justice to continue. If elected, I will take bold and fast action to instill among criminals fear of the law and make our streets and communities safe for Filipino families,” Cayetano said.
“More than any other issue, this is what’s at stake at the present. We will confront and end this crisis,” Cayetano concluded. #