Lu­cas Ber­samin: a pro-vic­tim CJ

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

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

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