Zaldy Ampatuan arraignment set on Dec. 12


Former ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan. AFP FILE PHOTO

A Quezon City court has set the arraignment of former Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy “Puti” Ampatuan on Dec. 12 at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City following a Supreme Court ruling affirming his indictment in the Maguindanao massacre multiple murder case.

However, Ampatuan reportedly declined to receive the order setting the arraignment.

In a sheriff’s return, Sheriff Nestor Rivera of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 said he tried to serve the order issued by Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes to Ampatuan on Dec. 4 at the accused’s detention cell at the Quezon City Jail Annex, Camp Bagong Diwa.

In a four-page order, Reyes said the court could no longer defer the arraignment in view of the finality of the Supreme Court’s denial of Ampatuan’s motion for reconsideration.

The court set the arraignment of the accused at 8:30 a.m.

In his report, Rivera said he told the former governor that he is serving him a copy of the court order and that he already delivered a copy of the same order to the Fortun, Narvasa and Salazar Law Office, the law firm representing the Ampatuans.

The accused allegedly did not sign an acknowledgement receipt and told the sheriff that he would have to talk to his lawyer, Philip Sigrid Fortun, before receiving the order.

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  • $37644997

    This is one thing I hated with the high courts,they ask if guilty or not guilty and they answere the same question as  not guilty for reasons of not entering a plea.

    • Karl Bryant

      anak ng pulis patola talaga, kaya ayoko ko ng tumira sa Pinas….dito na lang ako sa Libya kahit magulo barilan lang at walang masamang pulitiko.

      • $37644997

        Where you are,they execute their own kind and blame it to al queda.citizen’s arrest is normal

  • Ping Gonzales

    Cguro ito “Not guilty” ang plea nito natandaan ko ang ko dto sa dyario na wag daw naniwala ang tao na gawa nila ang mga masaccre pakinggan daw muna ang kanilang paliwanang at sabi pa nito nasa Malacanang cya noong maganap ito 

  • Ronald Diaz

    Jail this Pig Ampatuans.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

     Ibalato na lang yan mga ampatuan na yan kay Mayor Lim at sa mga bata niya MPD para matapos na ito teleserye na yan!

  • RyanE

    Tsk.tsk.. Justice is dragging her feet when it comes to the rich and influential. It’s now more than two years and this suspect is not even arraigned yet. I guess the problem is with the RTC Judge and Justices of CA and SC for entertaining too much the motions and pleadings of the accused. High time to reform our judicial system.. justice delayed, justice denied.

  • ever green

    nampucha…. naka-ilang anniversary na ung massacre…ngayon pa lang ma-aarraign ang taran ta dong iyan!!!!!!!!  WTF ang justice system dito!!!!!!

  • Jess

    Dapat and i arraign na diyan ang Judge at my abogado nito. 2 years, ngayon lang ang arraignment ng berdugong ito?  Baka sa Monday magkasakit ito at hindi naman matuloy at sa ospital na ito makapunta hindi sa arraignment. Nakakairita ang justice system natin sa Pinas. Baka ang lumabas pa nag suicide ang mga tao at hindi siya ang pumatay, o kaya dumating ang mga Chinese at sila ang nagmassacre nito. Anything is possible in our justice system. LOL

  • Galbladder0

    p@1q#@ i#@ ngaun lang pala araignment nitong hayup naito. Grabe ang delaying tatics na pwede ibato sa due process ng bansang pinas basta mapera at may mga kapit ka lang. Sinasadya nila maubos witness / ebidensya para kahit papaano may tyansa. Mas malimaw pa sa sikat sa araw na may kasalanan yang hayup na yan.


  • Your_King

    Its shocking that this case has taken so long to start. You’d think that Aquino would have given a certification of urgency to expedite this case but he seems too busy doing nothing and coasting along in his Presidency attacking everyone who give him any constructive criticism. Its been 3 years and counting and still no justice for the victims and their families.

  • Paul US

    This man should have no say in ANYTHING. He’s likely still getting special treatment in his “cell” also. Justice, more fun in the Philippines!

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