Missing the point: the media focus on bribery allegations in the Ampatuan Massacre trial

Posted by CMFR | Posted in Analysis | Posted on 22-08-2014

The media dropped the ball in reporting the controversial motion of the state prosecutors to rest in the presentation of “evidence-in-chief” (evidence to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt) in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial, which is still hearing the bail petitions of some of the accused. The media instead focused on bribery allegations rather than on […]

Ampatuans ask for more time to find new lawyers

Posted by CMFR | 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 CMFR | 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 […]

FFFJ counsel: Clarifications on issues raised by Atty. Harry Roque

Posted by CMFR | Posted in Analysis, Case Updates | Posted on 08-08-2014

Below are clarifications made by Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists legal counsel Prima Jesusa Quinsayas on issues raised by Attorney Harry Roque, her fellow private prosecutor in the Ampatuan Massacre Trial: I was informed about Atty. Harry Roque’s reaction to the matter regarding the plan of the Department of Justice (DOJ) panel of prosecutors to rest […]

Private prosecutor: resting in ‘evidence-in-chief’ does not reflect ‘first in, first out’ principle

Posted by CMFR | Posted in Analysis | Posted on 04-08-2014

CMFR/Philippines – On Thursday, 31 July 2014, the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists Inc. (FFFJ) held a press briefing for two private prosecutors representing victims’ families in the trial of suspects in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) massacre. They expressed their disagreement with the manifestation filed by the panel of state prosecutors to rest in presenting “evidence-in-chief” […]

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