Court grants bail petition of accused in 2009 Massacre

 (UPDATED)

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 11-01-2015

A member of the Ampatuan clan allegedly involved in the Nov. 23 2009 Maguindanao Massacre may be temporarily released after the Quezon City trial court hearing the case approved his petition for bail last January 2015. It was the 42nd bail petition granted by presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes. But the bail petitions of two other Ampatuans were denied by the trial judge.

Ampatuan prosecution witness killed, another injured

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 20-11-2014

CMFR/Philippines – A witness for the prosecution in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial was killed and another injured when they were ambushed in Shariff Aguak town, Maguindanao province on 18 November 2014. Denex Sacal and Butch Saudagal were on a tricycle at around 7 p.m. when unidentified men fired at them. Both sustained multiple gunshot […]

Court grants more bail petitions

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 30-10-2014

CMFR/Philippines – Two weeks after granting bail to 16 police officers accused in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial, Branch 221 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court granted on 27 October 2014 the bail petitions of 25 more accused police officers, finding that the evidence of guilt against the 25 is “not strong.” The court […]

Commission on Appointments confirms army officials’ promotion despite opposition from kin of massacre victims

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 24-10-2014

CMFR/Philippines – The Committee on National Defense of the Philippine Congress’ Commission on Appointments confirmed on 22 October 2014 the promotion of two army officials who played crucial roles in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre. This was despite opposition from the heirs of massacre victims during the committee meeting. Maguindanao Rep. Zaid Mangudadatu, kin of several […]

Court grants bail for 16 accused police officers

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 17-10-2014

CMFR/Philippines – Branch 221 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court granted the bail petitions of 16 police officers accused in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre trial on 13 October 2014 on the basis of a finding that the evidence of guilt against the 16 is weak. The court set bail at PHP200,000 (approximately USD4,500) for […]

Ampatuan finds new lawyer

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 25-09-2014

CMFR/Philippines – One of the primary accused in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre, Andal “Datu Unsay” Ampatuan, has a new defense counsel. In the 24 September 2014 hearing, lawyer Salvador Panelo entered an appearance as Datu Unsay’s new defense counsel. Datu Unsay and more than a hundred others, including his father, Andal Ampatuan Sr., are accused […]

Journalists barred from covering Ampatuan Massacre trial

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 23-09-2014

CMFR/Philippines – Policemen barred journalists from covering the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre trialproceedings on 17 September 2014.  No immediate reason was given. Neither were the journalists told whether the directive was from the police, the jail management bureau, or the court. Read more here.

Ampatuan daughter is first defense witness

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 17-09-2014

CMFR/Philippines – Former governor Zaldy Ampatuan, accused in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre trial, presented on 17 September 2014 his 17-year old daughter as his first witness in support of his bail petition. Zaldy’s daughter testified that her father was in Davao City on 21 and 22 November 2009, two days prior to the massacre. She […]

Ampatuans ask for more time to find new lawyers

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 18-08-2014

CMFR/Philippines – The primary accused in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial asked the Court on 14 August 2014 to extend the seven days they have been given to find new lawyers, saying they also need time to raise money for new legal representation. Speaking for his father, Andal Ampatuan Sr., and other accused who are […]

Victims’ families support opposition to resting in ‘evidence-in-chief’, call for investigation on bribery claims

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 08-08-2014

CMFR/Philippines – The families of some victims of the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre held a press conference on 6 August 2013 to express their support for the opposition to rest in “evidence-in-chief” and to call for an investigation on bribery allegations. The following day, private prosecutor Harry Roque  and Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III denied that […]