Eight years since he faced the court, prosecution witness Lagudin Alfonso offered his apologies to the families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre.
This was after he recanted the testimonies he made eight years ago wherein he claimed to witness the events leading to the said crime.
In his sworn testimony, Alfonso claimed, “What I said in court in November 2011 is not true. I was only forced to say what I had said in court because there was a threat in my life and my family.”
With the retraction, Alfonso also apologized to those whose lives got affected with what he stated then.
“I am very sorry for those who suffered because of the lie I said. I only did and said those because of my fear of my life and that of my family,” he added.
The families of the massacre victims were shocked by this turn of event.
One of them is Juliet Evardo, mother of UNTV editor Julito Evardo
“Nagsisinungaling iyan ngayon. Kung anuman ang kadahilanan siya lang ang nakakaalam baka may pera iyan diyan. Hindi natin alam [He is lying now. Whatever his reasons are, only he knows. There might be money involved now. We do not know],” said Mrs. Evardo.
She also appealed to Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes for justice.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice, in a text message, expressed hope that the hearing on the case will be finished within this year.
“Trial will end this year. Promulgation maybe next year,” said DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf