After 20 years, lawyer discovered responsible of killing spouse

MANILA, Philippines — After almost two decades, justice has finally been served to the family of Edith Ocampo who was killed by her own husband in 2002.

The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 21 found lawyer John Fabico, who used to work at the Philippine National Oil Co. and Energy Development Corp., guilty beyond reasonable doubt of parricide.

In a 35-page order dated May 31 penned by Judge Alma Crispina Collado Lacorte, Fabico was sentenced to reclusion perpetua (between 20 and 40 years imprisonment) without eligibility for parole.

The judge also ordered him to pay the family of Ocampo a total of P300,000 for civil indemnity, and moral and exemplary damages, subject to interest of 6 percent per year.

Fabico was also ordered transferred from Manila City Jail to New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

Edith Ocampo was found dead inside the bathroom of the main bedroom of their house in Tondo, Manila, past 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2002. Investigators said she was shot twice in the chest at close range.

The court ruled that while the prosecution failed to present an eyewitness that Fabico had murdered Ocampo, it was able to present evidence establishing the crime of parricide.

The decision mostly cited the testimony of the family house help, whom Fabico had accused of killing Ocampo.

The maid told the court that from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the day of the crime, only Ocampo and Fabico were inside the main bedroom. At past 11:30 a.m. she heard a gunshot. She saw Fabico’s shirt with bloodstains on it.

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