Kaya tumatagal! Judge scolds Andal Ampatuan over repetitive motions
Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes has told the camp of Andal Ampatuan, Jr., to stop its “repeated filing of motions… bearing similar allegations,” which had caused the case of the Maguindanao Massacre to drag on for the past decade.
In a recent 6-page order, the court denied Ampatuan’s motion for reconsideration of a June 26 order that denied his plea for additional hearings to be scheduled.
Ampatuan wanted three hearings on August 15, 28 and 29 for the presentation of his surrebuttal witnesses. However, these witnesses were the very same as those of the prosecution.
The court said Ampatuan’s repeated filing of such motions “must be stopped lest the proceedings of these cases will become ad infinitum.”
It noted that the delays were affecting not only were the relatives of the massacre’s victims but also Ampatuan’s coaccused, whose lawyers had long terminated their turn to present evidence in their defense.
Ampatuan is the primary suspect accused of masterminding the massacre in an attempt to prevent political rival Esmael Mangudadatu from filing his certificate of candidacy for Maguindanao governor.
The massacre of 58 persons, including 32 media workers, was one of the worst election-related incidents and press killings in history.