This is the day that the Quezon City Regional Trial Court has set the promulgation of judgment of the 58 counts of murder against members of the Ampatuan clan and several others for the massacre of 58 people including 32 members of the media in the infamous November 2009 Maguindanao massacre.
Exactly 10 years and almost two months of trial, Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of QCRTC Branch 221 will finally hand down the decision to be held at the QC Jail Annex, Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City where most of the hearings were conducted.
All the accused including principal accused, Andal Ampatuan Jr. and his brother, former Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan, have been detained in Camp Bagong Diwa following their arrest in December 2009 for alleged involvement in the Nov. 23, 2009 massacre.
Based on the court’s records, at least 92 accused, including the two Ampatuans are awaiting the verdict of their case. Originally, there were 197 people charged but out of these number, 117 were arrested.
But of the 117 arrested accused, there were six accused, including Ampatuan matriarch, Andal Ampatuan Sr., died while their cases are being tried in court.
Records also showed that the cases of four accused were dismissed after their demurrer to evidence were granted, two accused were dropped from the information while another was turned into state witness.
Eleven other accused, including Andal Jr.’s, nephew, Sajid Islam Ampatuan and 10 other police officers, are now out on bail after posting P11.6-million each surety bond.