Justice delayed and denied

It’s almost 11 years now, and still there is no justice in sight for the families of slain publicist Salvador Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito.

And it’s possible that those responsible for the twin killings will never be brought to court.

The man who was expected by the victims’ families to help solve the case has instead cleared of complicity the two alleged high-profile suspects, a senator and a former president.

Michael Ray Aquino, a co-accused who spent six years in a U.S. jail on an unrelated crime, is back home via extradition.

The Department of Justice will soon conduct a re-investigation of the celebrated case.

But nobody is holding one’s breath that the elusive truth will out at the end of the long day.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, however, sees a glimmer of hope.

Two former police officers under Aquino with the defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force are coming home from the U.S.

The two ex-PAOCTF henchmen, once led by former Philippine National Police chief and now Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, are expected to shed light on the stalled investigation.

We hope they do.

Vargas: Hero or heel?

Filipino Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas became the poster boy of about 11 million undocumented aliens in the U.S. by coming out publicly from living in the shadows for the past 18 years.

He said he came to the U.S. when he was 12 on fraudulent papers obtained and paid for by his grandparents residing in California.

Did he do the right thing?

No, said his former employer, The Washington Post which refused to print his story.

“What Jose did was wrong,” said a Post spokesman, and declined to add anything more.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would not comment specifically on Vargas’ revelation.

How will his case impact on a bill pending before Congress, the so-called DREAM Act, which offers a path to legal status for undocumented college students or military servicemen or women under certain conditions?

Arguably, Vargas did what he thought was the right thing.

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