Acting Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon yesterday said the trial of the infamous Maguindanao massacre case, which claimed the lives of 58 persons -- 32 of them journalists -- is now nearing completion.
Fadullon said the multiple murder cases lodged against Andal “Datu Unsay” Ampatuan Jr. and other accused were now deemed submitted for decision by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 22.
“Per information from our prosecution panel, the case against Unsay is now submitted for decision upon ruling of the court on his formal offer of exhibits,” Fadullon said.
He added that handling Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes is expected to set the promulgation of decision before the year ends.
The incident, that gained global attention for its record as the highest number of journalists killed in a single attack, will mark its 9th anniversary this Friday.
The RTC has already heard a total of 273 witnesses: 166 prosecution witnesses, and 107 defense witnesses.
Four of the accused, including Andal Ampatuan Sr. died while in detention while four of the accused who submitted their demurrer to evidence (motion to dismiss) were acquitted by the trial court. Ampatuan’s brother, former Maguindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, is also standing trial in these cases.