Lucas Bersamin: a pro-victim CJ
THE 25th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Lucas Bersamin, is bound to demonstrate a strong bias in favor of victims. Our sense is, the new Chief Justice is likely to have a forceful bearing against violent crime and great compassion for victims, considering that his own family suffered a brutal killing. Bersamin’s older brother, the late Abra congressman Luis Bersamin, was shot in the head at the Mt. Carmel Church compound in Quezon City after attending the wedding of his niece on Dec. 16, 2006.
Once you’ve been a victim yourself, you tend to have immense sympathy for other victims.
Citing political rivalry as the motive, a Quezon City Regional Trial Court on Sept. 30, 2015 found former Abra governor Vicente Valera and two accomplices guilty of double murder for the killing of the older Bersamin and his security aide, SPO1 Adelfo Ortega. Valera and his co-conspirators were meted out two 20 to 40-year prison terms.
Before he was assassinated, the older Bersamin had declared his plans to run against Valera, then the incumbent governor, in the 2007 elections.
— Harry Roque, former presidential spokesperson