QC court junks Zaldy Ampatuan’s plea for prison pass

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Zaldy Ampatuan AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — A Quezon City court has disallowed former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Zaldy Ampatuan’s petition to take a “leave from imprisonment” to attend his eldest son’s graduation in Cotabato City.

Quezon City regional trial court branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes ruled in her March 22 order that a graduation did not qualify as an emergency and that allowing him time away from detention at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City would set a precedent among his co-accused.

The former ARMM governor is one of 195 accused in the November 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre where 58 people, including 32 media workers and several female relatives of incumbent Maguindanao governor Esmael Mangudadatu, were slaughtered at Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman, in Ampatuan town.

Ampatuan had requested the court to be allowed to travel on March 24 to attend the commencement exercises of his son Prince Sufri Norrabie at the Albert Einstein School in Cotabato City. His 19-year-old son, he said, was awarded the diamond award for leadership as president of the central student government. He had reasoned out that his incarceration did not make him stop being a good father to his family.

Reyes, in her three page order, said, “The motion is bereft of merit. There is no gainsaying that accused-movant (Ampatuan), just like all other accused, enjoys the constitutional guarantee of presumption of innocence unless proven otherwise. However being a detention prisoner, aside from inherent limitations, imposed upon accused-movant, the latter may be brought out of jail only under certain circumstances.”

She further said that while the court understood Ampatuan’s wish as a father to attend his eldest son’s graduation, “granting the relief being prayed for in his motion might set a precedent for future requests by other accused.”

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  • $5699914

    Good job to deny this murderer a pass!

  • Mamang Pulis

    mabuti yan ng maramdaman mo ang impierno habang buhay pa kayo….

    mahirap ng mautas kayo kaagad ng mga angkan mo–baka nga walang impierno–naka libre pa kayo.

  • dani77777

    Ampatuan does not deserve to live. He must be shot now to answer for his crimes.

    • $5699914

      Tama! Dapat nga death by firing squad, tapos yung gagamitin na mga baril, puro mga automatic guns set in auto-mode!

  • kismaytami

    “leave from imprisonment”. WTF!!!

    • PoeticInjustice

      Haha, this is a new one. Parang work or school lang eh no, merong leave.

  • regd

    The 58 massacred victims are still dead, that will never change. What gives this animal the same right as the living?

  • Akoaykanoy

    When will be the trial ends so that people will know whether they are guilty or not ang tagal naman ng trial dito sa US in 6 months tapos na yong ganyang kaso

  • Concur_Dissent

    Ampatuans are still clinging to an audacity of hope that they will eventually live normal lives again??

  • dodot24

    The Ampatuan are still holding on, waiting for a new President a corrupt president that can be bribe. .and giving them freedom. I do not know why not execute them now.

  • $14334231

    this is a proof that not all judges are for sale…..plus, give him a pass and this sob might never come back even if he has pnp escorts…..most of us are aware how pnp personnel could be bribed in a blink of an eye….this is an old technique that had been used by well-to-do families…..another thing….is pnp really had this criminal treated like any other criminal incarcerated under their responsibility?…for all we know, he could be living in an a/c room with all the amenities……if someone go to camp diwa and ask to see this brutal man, will that person be allowed to see him in a nick of time so no hanky panky occurs?..maybe those that are familiar with this camp should go directly to his cell and see if he is treated like any other behind bars…..maybe both houses in congress should enact a law bringing back the death penalty…..but then again, maybe mine is nothing but a wishful thinking as most of these elected officials, one way or another, must have been beneficiaries from the ampatuans, money wise, or otherwise…..

  • doublecross

    p**a mo zaldy, ang yabang mo. porke’t napaligiran ka nang mga alipores mo. matsambahan lang nkita, putok ulo mo!

  • JasonBieber

    One of the masterminds to the Maguindnao massacre is behind bars to that’s somewhat good for the victims and their families. But what is terrible is that they have not been convicted of their crimes since the trial is yet to even begin.

    During the PNoy Admin. we’ve seen a CJ impeached and a former President jailed…why can’t we see justice for the victims of this tragedy?

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