Maguindanao massacre suspect Zaldy Ampatuan must face charges, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court has dismissed with finality a motion for reconsideration filed by former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Zaldy Ampatuan asking to be excluded from those charged over the Maguindanao massacre in 2009.

The Supreme Court has dismissed with finality a motion for reconsideration filed by former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Zaldy Ampatuan asking to be excluded from those charged over the Maguindanao massacre in 2009.


The Philippine News Agency, via InterAksyon.com, reports the Supreme Court denied Ampatuan’s motion for reconsideration--his second--for lack of merit. Ampatuan’s motion asked the court to explain why his earlier motions for reconsideration and review were dismissed.

 

"He argued that he was denied due process when the SC did not state the facts of the law which were used as basis in the assailed decisions," the report said.

 

The Supreme Court said it did not need to explain the dismissal of the motions. "The SC said that the facts of the law have also been tackled in the decision of the Court of Appeals (which Ampatuan asked the Supreme Court to review)," the report said.

 

The election-related massacre in November 23, 2009 left at least 57 dead.

 

For more on this story, log on to InterAksyon.com.

 

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