For those of you who are following the Joseph Carlo Candare Case, you will be pleased to know that criminal charges were finally be filed in Quezon City against this serial cat killer. Mr. Candare is charged with violating the terms of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act of 1998 , otherwise known as RA 8485. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) came through and made it official on June 19, 2009. Included in their case is a signed affidavit by one of the witnesses to Mr. Candare's killing of Tengteng, a one-month old kitten. There were several witnesses to the crime but most of them refused to submit an affidavit, fearing retaliation or simply lacking a good sense of citizenhood. PAWS' volunteer lawyer, Roy Kayaban, will be prosecuting the case. There will be an inquest by Quezon City's Office of the Prosecutor and that will take two to three weeks.
This is going to be a long, hard climb but it has to be done in the name of animal welfare. Two years ago, charges were filed against the ring leader of a dog fighting business in Antipolo, and it is only now that the case is being tried. We know that the wheels of justice turn slowly, and so it might very well take the same amount of time to bring Mr. Candare in front of a judge. But, that day will come. Let us have hope so we can have purpose. Let us have faith so we can persevere. Onward.
UPDATE: August 7 2009 Mr. Candare missed his court appearance on July 23 2009 at the Hall of Justice. Another subpoena was issued for Mr. Candare to appear in court on August 20 2009 at 1pm. The Director of PAWS personally delivered a copy of the subpoena to Dr. Maricor Soriano, Deputy Director of Academic Affairs of UP, who said that she will make sure that Mr. Candare receives it. Mr. Candare is still enrolled at the university.