Revisiting credibility of police witness - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos
The five allegedly innocent men accused of murdering the notorious Colonel Rolando Abadilla. (Photo: Philippine Daily Inquirer) source http://www.hrsolidarity.net
RELYING on the lone testimony of an eyewitness, the Supreme Court, in its decision of Sept. 7, 2010, affirmed the conviction of Senior Police Officer 2 Cesar Fortuna, Rameses de Jesus, Lenido Lumanog, Joel de Jesus and Augusto Santos – known as the Abadilla 5 – for the June 13, 1996 ambush-slay of Colonel Rolando Abadilla, a Marcos henchman.
In contrast, in the Vizconde murders, the Supreme Court disregarded the testimonies of four eyewitnesses in favor of Hubert Webb’s alibi.
Two cases. Different results.
The Abadilla 5 bring to fore a question long explored by experts in human behavior: Is eyewitness testimony or identification reliable?
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