SC ready to provide QCRTC Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes security
The Supreme Court is ready to provide security to Quezon City regional trial court Presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes who is scheduled to release her ruling on the infamous Ampatuan massacre case this December 19.
“We are always after the security of a judge. If they need security then we would provide them. She might ask (for security) or she might take a leave of absence or go back to her former court. She has not told us what she wants,” Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said.
” She has been doing her job very well. I think she gave especially the accused the required due process under the constitution. We have exhausted all the trial days in order to defend themselves, she has nothing to fear. I know that judge she was my former student, she has been performing very well. She does not hesitate to read her books and ask from her peers if she has problems during the course of the trial, ” he continued.
Recently, Reyes released an order setting the date of promulgation of the Ampatuan massacre case on December 19 at the QC Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa, 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.