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[In the news] 78 massacre suspects face charges over 58th victim -INQUIRER.net

78 massacre suspects face charges over 58th victim.
By Julie M. Aurelio, Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 26, 2013


A Quezon City court hearing the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case has ordered the arraignment of 78 suspects for the 58th murder case filed recently on behalf of a slain photojournalist whose remains were never recovered.

Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of QC Regional Trial Court Branch 221 ruled that there was probable cause to continue with the case for the murder of photojournalist Reynaldo “Bebot” Momay.

The court set the arraignment of Andal Ampatuan Sr., former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, and 76 others on Wednesday at the Quezon City Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

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[In the news] ‘Judicial courtesy’ postpones Maguindanao massacre trial, now on its 27th month -InterAksyon.com

Judicial courtesy’ postpones Maguindanao massacre trial, now on its 27th month
Ana Miranda, InterAksyon.com
February 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — Exactly 27 months after the single deadliest attack on media practitioners, the Maguindanao massacre trial was postponed anew after the prosecutors on Thursday failed to present its witnesses.

Prosecutors said this is because of a pending petition for review before the Court of Appeals on the presentation of post-facto evidence.

In this morning’s hearing, prosecutor Aristotle Reyes informed Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 that the prosecution cannot present its witnesses due to “judicial courtesy.”

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[In the news] Ampatuan defense seeks to block 2 prosecution witnesses – InterAksyon.com

Ampatuan defense seeks to block 2 prosecution witnesses
by Ana Miranda, InterAksyon.com
January 9, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines – The defense in the Ampatuan massacre case is seeking to defer the presentation of two prosecution witnesses who are not on a court-sanctioned list of witnesses and evidence in the trial.

In the two-page urgent motion he filed Monday, lawyer Philip Sigfrid Fortun asked Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes to prevent the “opening of the floodgates to forgotten, manufactured and contrived testimonies” and not allow Gemma Oquendo, sister of massacre victim Cynthia Oquendo, and a forensic expert of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Oquendo, the victim, was a lawyer of now Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu. Her sister is also a lawyer.


[In the news] Police blotter tells story of blocked witness – Inquirer.net

Police blotter tells story of blocked witness
By Philip C. Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Even as the accused Ampatuan family members have gone to the Supreme Court to block the testimony of key government witness Kenny Dalandag, prosecutors on Wednesday succeeded in putting into the court record Dalagdag’s initial report to the police about the Maguindanao massacre.

Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes allowed policeman Cixon Kasan, former officer in charge of the Buluan, Maguindanao, police station, to read the entry he wrote in the police blotter when Dalandag went to the station at around 2 a.m. of Nov. 24, 2009, only hours after the massacre which left at least 57 people dead.

“(Kasan) was not supposed to testify now but we moved his testimony forward because the Ampatuans are stopping [Dalandag] from testifying,” said a prosecution team member who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak on the matter.

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[In the news] Ampatuans enjoy VIP treatment in jail — victims’ kin, lawyers – Interaksyon.com

Ampatuans enjoy VIP treatment in jail — victims’ kin, lawyers – Interaksyon.com.

MANILA, Philippines — Former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his relatives accused of the most brutal mass murder in memory enjoy special treatment in jail, including out-of-jail passes, relatives and lawyers of the victims said Thursday.

A shouting match between the opposing parties occurred at the warden’s office when the prosecution team was stopped from going up to the Ampatuans in their detention cells even after Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 22 allowed an on-the-spot inspection at Wednesday’s hearing.

Harry Roque, lawyer of some of the victims’ relatives, said two lawyer-friends told him  they saw Andal Sr. dining at the posh Hotel Sofitel.

Maguindanao Gov. Ishmail Mangudadatu showed pictures of Andal Sr. sitting on a monobloc chair being given a massage by another inmate, of 11 people visiting Andal Sr. (even if an inmate was allowed only a maximum of three visitors each), and of the detention parking lot full of the Ampatuans’ luxury vehicles. He also said he has a video to prove that the Ampatuans get special treatment.

During a break at today’s hearing, relatives and lawyers of the 53 Ampatuan massacre victims rushed to the warden’s office so that they may be able to see for themselves the condition of Ampatuans’ detention.

But they were kept waiting for about an hour by the warden, Chief Inspector Glenford Valdepenas. Tension escalated when a lawyer of the Ampatuans, identified by a sister of one of the victims as Philip Ang, raised his voice, arguing against the on-the-spot inspection and said that only one from the prosecution and one from the defense will be allowed in the detention area.

“Bakit BJMP ka ba (Why, are you with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology)? But we are also protected by law,” Mangungudatu said.

Roque argued that the relatives of all 53 victims are entitled to see the Ampatuans’ detention cells. If the number needs to be limited, there should be at least be a raffle that should also include the media, he said.

“Bakit may mga limit? May tinatago ba sila? (Why are they putting limitations? Are they hiding something?)” Roque said.

The commotion continued but Ang himself was able to sneak out of the warden’s office and go up to the detention area without any difficulty. When asked why he allowed Ang in, the jail guard on duty simply said: “E pumasok sya e (He simply entered).”

After the hearing, Mangungudatu went to the Department of Interior and Local Government to meet with Secretary Jesse Robredo to show him the pictures which indicate special VIP treatment for the Ampatuans.

Roque said he will also ask Robredo to compel Sofitel to show the contents of the closed-circuit television in the hotel that would prove what his lawyer-friends witnessed.

The Ampatuans are detained on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Quezon City Jail Annex inside Camp Bagong Diwa where the hearings are also being heard. The hearings are held on the first floor of the building.