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

Posted by CMFR | 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 CMFR | 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 CMFR | 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 CMFR | 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 CMFR | 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 […]

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