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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]