Silvestre Bello III, a former justice secretary, said that he is morally convinced that Anthony Nepomuceno, a call center agent accused of throwing an explosive during the Bar Exam last September 26, is innocent because ‘you can see it in his eyes’. And while the DOJ has an ongoing investigation regarding this matter, VP Jejomar Binay rushes in to claim that Nepomuceno is innocent according to their questioning. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says that the NBI has a strong case against Nepomuceno since his charge was backed by several witness accounts who definitely identified him.
Technically, Nepomuceno is innocent; that is, unless proven otherwise by the court. So why remind us that he is? No one is saying he is guilty. Well, not yet. And as of this moment, the APO is forming a legal team for Nepomuceno’s defense.
Binay, Bello and Nepomuceno belong to the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and while it is understandable for ‘brods‘ to look out for each other, this endorsement of innocence thing is, at the same time, very reckless and premature. Binay stands to lose his credibility and impartiality if the DOJ finds his brod guilty. And for what? for the sake of keeping his fraternity look good or as an utang na loob gesture for helping him win last elections? Frat wars is an angle being looked at by the investigation and why not, since a lot of violence are fueled by this seemingly incomprehensible rift between warring fraternities.
First of all, Binay is the vice president and as such, he should have known better than to meddle in this affair. He should be impartial and he should have let other APO members escort Nepomuceno off to court. And being VP and Housing and Urban Development Coordination Council (HUDCC) chairman, shouldn’t he be concerned with more pressing matters such as the Globe Asiatique estafa case?
You do not go around telling someone is innocent because you believe he is: prove it, just like how the DOJ is busting its ass to make a case against Nepomuceno. And while I am scared that this case will take a turn for the worst in the days to come, I am hoping that the DOJ or the investigators or whoever are the ones in-charge will do a fine job collecting and prosecuting the criminals. WHOEVER THEY ARE.