It's final: Zaldy Ampatuan is a suspect in Maguindanao massacre
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court denied with finality on November 14 the petition of former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov Zaldy Ampatuan to be removed as a suspect in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.
The SC third division junked Ampatuan's motion filed on October 10, which questioned the earlier resolutions of the High Court issued in June and August. The SC, in its June resolution, upheld the ruling of the Court of Appeals which included Ampatuan as one of the suspects in the 2009 killing of 58 people, 32 of whom were journalists.
The SC first affirmed its June ruling in August. The former governor filed another motion, however, saying his right to due process was violated because the SC did not specify the "facts,laws and legal basis" for its earlier resolutions. The High Court said in its November 14 resolution though that "there is no definite and stringent rule on how the Court will frame its judgment."
The SC added that it will not entertain further pleadings on the case, as Ampatuan's latest filing was deemed a second motion for reconsideration. A second motion for reconsideration is a prohibited pleading.
Aside from Zaldy Ampatuan, two other Ampatuans were charged with murder for the massacre: his father Andal Ampatuan Sr. and brother Andal Ampatuan Jr.
The Ampatuan trial is on its third year. Out of the 196 accused in the massacre, 98 have been arrested and 81 arraigned. - Rappler.com