Today's Punto
Today's Punto
Lamentable CA ruling

Sep 05, 2017

The NUJP is sorely disappointed at the Court of Appeals’ affirmation of the bail granted to Sajid Ampatuan, one of the principal suspects in the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre.

While conceding that the appellate court’s ruling may be legally sound, we continue to find it incredulous that the prosecution had miserably failed to prove the involvement of a key member of the clan proven to be present at the meetings during which the massacre was planned, thus the Quezon City Regional Trial Court 221’s grant of bail.

As we said on learning of the granting of bail in early 2015: “These meetings were basically clan councils in which, as is common in Filipino culture, silence means consent. And it is stretching credulity to think that Sajid Islam, who was then acting Maguindanao governor, had absolutely no participation in the planning and execution of what was obviously a major operation in his domain, involving a veritable army of retainers and police personnel.”

We can only hope our fears about the possible adverse effects this development my have on the cause of justice for the 58 victims of the massacre, among them 32 colleagues, is unfounded.

It is a sad testament to the importance given to justice in the country that, as we near the eighth anniversary of the massacre, those responsible for the outrage are no closer to getting their just deserts than when they concoted and carried out the monstrous deed.

(NUJP on the CA’s affirmation of Sajid Ampatuan’s bail)

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