Case against the bloodbath suspect Zaldy Ampatuan filed for resolution
(philstar.com) – August 22, 2018 – 11:27 am
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The case against one of the alleged masterminds of the Maguindanao massacre in 2009, leaving 58, including 32 media workers, has been presented for resolution.
This means that both parties have submitted their evidence and that the case is now for a decision.
Quotation from the Ministry of Justice panel, the STAR reported on Wednesday that the case against the former autonomous region in the Islamic Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan has been submitted for solution.
Case vs Zaldy Ampatuan in Maguindanao massacre case already submitted for decision of QC RTC, per DOJ panel | @edupunay
– The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) August 22, 2018
The case is heard in the courtroom of Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221.
Ampatuan is one of the 197 suspects who have been charged with the massacre. Other members of the Ampatuan clan-including patriarch Andal Sr., who died in 2015-were charged with 58 counts of murder.
Ampatuan argued that he was not on the scene of the crime when the massacre took place and had applied for bail before the court, saying that Reyes' ruling focused on his alleged participation in the meetings that led to the grim massacre .
He argued that he was able to prove that he was not on the scene of the crime when the massacre took place.
His plea for temporary freedom was rejected at both the court and the Court of Appeal level.
On Tuesday evening, Ampatuan attended the wedding of his daughter at Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City. The Bureau of Jail Managament and Penology confirmed that Ampatuan received three hours' leave.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, which has been signing every month since the massacre, has expressed its concern about the court's decision to allow the former regional governor to leave prison.
The NUJP also regretted that it was almost nine years ago that the murders were committed and that there had not yet been any convictions. Sajid Ampatuan, one of the accused, received bail in 2017.
"That and now, we feel, gives the families of the victims more than enough reason to worry about whether we can really expect justice for these most serious crimes," said NUJP.
The NUJP stressed that the former governor is accused of a horrendous crime that has been criticized all over the world.
The journalist group also pointed out that people accused of less serious offenses never received the "privilege" granted to the younger Ampatuan.
"What made him an exception to the rule?", Said the NUJP. – Kristine Joy Patag with a report by Edu Punay