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Suspect in scion’s rob-slay convicted

By Tina Santos
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Filed Under: Prison, Crime

A JUDGE HAS SENTENCED A 57-YEAR-OLD MAN who robbed and killed the 19-year-old grandson of a prominent businessman four years ago in Manila to reclusion perpetua or a maximum of 40 years’ imprisonment.

Judge Noli Diaz of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 40 found Hilario Dizon guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of robbery with homicide for the death of Manuel Zachary Escudero, son of the affluent Escudero family from Laguna and grandson of Conrado “Ado” Escudero of the popular Villa Escudero resort in Quezon.

The judge also ordered Dizon to pay the heirs of the victim more than P500,000 as actual, civil, moral and exemplary damages.

Members of the Escudero family, who were represented by lawyers Rolando Mario Villonco and Dennis Manalo of the Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako Law Office, wept upon hearing the verdict.

Based on court records, the victim was walking at the corner of P. Ocampo and Arellano Streets in Malate, Manila, on Jan. 19, 2006, when Dizon, who was on a motorcycle being driven by another man, snatched his cell phone.

When Escudero resisted, Dizon shot him in the chest. The victim was later declared dead on arrival at a hospital.

In convicting the accused, the court gave credence to the testimonies of prosecution witnesses, including Roberto dela Cruz, the cashier of a mini mart near where the robbery-shooting took place.

Dela Cruz positively identified Dizon as the one who shot Escudero.

The court also gave weight to the testimony of air-con technician Alexander Sy, who also witnessed the shooting and corroborated Dela Cruz’s statement.

In his defense, the accused denied involvement in the crime, saying he was asleep in his house with his live-in partner when the robbery and shooting happened. He claimed that he was framed by a police official of the Manila Police District who had a grudge against him.

However, the court dismissed Dizon’s defense.

“His denial and alibi are worthless,” the judge said. “The defense failed to clearly establish the relation or connection of the accused and the [police official] and the latter’s motive that would warrant the alleged frame-up of the accused.”

“The defense of frame-up, like denial and alibi, has invariably been viewed by the courts with disfavor, for they can easily be concocted,” the court added.


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