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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday expressed hope that Quezon City Presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes will dispense justice fairly, and with respect for the rule of law, in the infamous Ampatuan massacre case.

“I am glad that we have finally reached the day of reckoning. The prosecution has presented nearly 200 witnesses, and the defense over a hundred, during an intense trial that lasted several years. We thank the judge for her patience and diligence. We trust that she will dispense justice evenhandedly and with utmost respect for the rule of law, ” Guevarra said.

Earlier, the Quezon City city regional trial court came up with an order setting the date of promulgation on December 19 at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan in Taguig.

The Maguindanao massacre (or Ampatuan massacre) claimed the lives of 58 individuals including 32 media workers on November 23, 2009.

Members of the Ampatuan clan are facing criminal charges for allegedly masterminding the cold-blooded killing.

The victims that included the wife of Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu were in a convoy to Shariff Aguak town to file Mangudadatu’s certificate of candidacy for the May 2010 elections.

A group of armed men stopped the convoy, shot them dead and used a backhoe to bury them while they were still onboard the vehicles.

There were a total of 197 accused in the massacre for multiple murders, including prime suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr.

Aside from Andal Ampatuan Jr., others accused of the same charges were his father, the late Andal Ampatuan Sr., and his brothers Zaldy and Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan.

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