THE Philippine National Police yesterday assured the continuing manhunt for at least 80 remaining suspects in the infamous Maguindano massacre case as the country awaits the outcome of the trial.
“The PNP assures the bereaved families and relatives of Maguindanao massacre that efforts are ongoing and being intensified for the arrest of about 80 more suspects who are still at large,” said PNP spokesman Brigadier Genebral Bernard M. Banac.
The National Capital Region Police Office has tightened security at the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City where the massacre suspects, led by the principal accused Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr. and his brother Zaldy, being held at the Quezon City Jail Annex waiting for the promulgation of the judgment on on December 19.
Q.C. Regional Trial Court Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes will hand down the judgment after 10 years of trial.
Journalists who will cover the event have been required to get an accreditation from the Supreme Court’s Public Information Office and the office of NCRPO director Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas before they can enter the camp on the verdict day.
The security at the NCRPO headquarters will be stricter days before the announcement of the verdict with motor vehicles and visitors, including supporters of the Ampatuans, to prevent any untoward incident.
At present, NCRPO camp rules and regulations are being strictly enforced with guards manning the entrance under orders to check the entry of all persons.
Datu Andal and Zaldy Ampatuan remained locked-up at the maximum-security while their younger brother Datu Islam is out on an P11.6 million bail. Datu Islam was elected as mayor of Shariff Mustapha, Maguindanao in the last local elections.
Their father, the clan patriarch Andal Ampatuan Sr., a former Maguindanao governor who was tagged as the alleged “brains” behind the multiple murder case, died in July 17, 2015 while in jail.