CHIEF Justice Diosdado Peralta yesterday disclosed that the Supreme Court granted the request of Quezon City regional trial court Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes for a 30-day extension in deciding the Ampatuan massacre case.
In his first Meet the Press event, Peralta stressed the high court acknowledged Reyes’ predicament considering the voluminous records of the case.
Court records will show that the case was submitted for decision on August 22, 2019. This means that Reyes has 90 days to rule on the charges, and a decision may be expected on or before November 20.
The Maguindanao massacre (or Ampatuan massacre) claimed the lives of 58 individuals including 32 media workers on November 23, 2009.
Members of the Ampatuan clan are facing criminal charges for allegedly masterminding the cold-blooded killing.
The victims that included the wife of Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu were in a convoy to Shariff Aguak town to file Mangudadatu’s certificate of candidacy for the May 2010 elections.
A group of armed men stopped the convoy, shot them dead and used a backhoe to bury them while they were still in the vehicles.
There were a total of 197 accused in the massacre for multiple murders, including prime suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr.