Guevarra: Trial of Ampatuan massacre already completed

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The trial of the infamous 2009 Maguindanao massacre where 58 individuals including 32 media workers were killed in cold-blood was finally completed.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra revealed this on Thursday as he expressed optimism that the court handling the case can hand down a decision before the carnage’s 10th year anniversary this November 23.

Guevarra disclosed that parties have been required to submit their respective memorandum or written summation on or before August 15.

“The trial was finally completed on 17 July 2019. The parties were given until 15 August 2019 to submit simultaneously their respective memorandum or written summation, after which the case shall be considered as submitted for decision, with or without the memoranda of the parties.”

“The DOJ expects that a judgment will be rendered before the 10th anniversary of the infamous massacre on 23 november 2019, and that justice will finally be served,” Guevarra said.

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

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