Maguindanao massacre suspects’ pleas opposed

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STATE prosecutors handling the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre case have asked a Quezon City court to junk the motion of the grandson of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. to allow him to undergo medical check-up outside his detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig.

The prosecution panel led by Senior Assistant State prosecutor Ma. Emilia Victorio asked that the motion for medical examination of accused Datu Anwar “Ipi” Ampatuan, Jr. be denied due to lack of merit.

The comment was filed before the sala of Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 221.

The prosecution argued that the request of the accused lack basis as there is no medical certificate or abstract, fully detailing his condition that would require his out-patient examination.

“There is no explanation why accused-movant (Ipi) cannot be examined within the jail premises by government physicians as has been the request of the prosecution early on,” the prosecution said.

The accused, through his legal counsel Emmanuel Brotarlo asked the court to allow him to undergo medical treatment at the Philippine General Hospital because he is unable to walk due to a swollen left leg injured in an explosion in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao sometime in March last year.

Meanwhile,  the prosecutors also asked the court to admit its evidence in opposition to the bail petition of 37 accused in connection with the murder case filed against them for the death of the alleged 58th massacre victim.

The prosecutors opposed the bail petitions of accused including former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., and his sons Andal Jr., Zaldy, Anwar and Sajid Islam.

In their offer of evidence, the prosecution panel informed the court that it adopted all documentary and testimonial evidence that were previously offered in opposition to the bail petition of some 60 accused in the first 57 counts of murder filed against them.

In addition to these, the panel also offered evidence to prove that the alleged 58th victim, photojournalist Reynaldo “Bebot” Momay, was part of the convoy that was stopped and brutally killed on Nov. 23, 2009.

The remains of Momay, who works for local newspaper Midland Review, were never found. A team led by a forensic expert from the Commission on Human Rights recovered parts of the photojournalist’s supposed dentures, which was also offered as evidence by the prosecution.


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