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A Prosecutor's Death

Updated on November 8, 2010

Foul Play?

Last week, I saw the news that the prosecutor handling the Maguindanao Massacre case against the Ampatuans died of heart attack.  While the newswriters likely did what is right in honoring the said prosecutor by enumerating his contribution to the Department of Justice and to the development of the case against the powerful Maguindanao clan, I cannot but wonder why there seemed to be no one skeptical about his death.

For one, I have not read any news or column asking for and citing medical records showing that the prosecutor really died from heart attack.  This is in spite of the fact that foul play is quite likely if those who belong to the other side would like to make the court proceedings easier and less hurtful to the ones being persecuted.

On second thought, it could be because Mr. Leo Dacera had been properly guarded and protected by the authorities.  This, nevertheless, does not rule out the possibility of a foul play given the strong connections of the accused.  If foul play indeed happened, I do hope that justice be given to the man who had helped many people receive the justice that they had sought.

May he rest in peace.


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