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Decision on 2009 Maguindanao massacre out Dec. 19

MANILA, Philippines — The Maguindanao Massacre case verdict will finally be out after a 10-year trial that called 357 witnesses, drew 37 lawyers and loomed over a generation of journalists and rights advocates.

In a Nov. 29 order signed by Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, the promulgation of judgment was set for Dec. 19, 9 a.m. at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City, where some of the accused are held.

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The principal accused in the grisly Nov. 23, 2009, massacre — where 58 people, including 32 media workers, were brutally killed then buried in shallow graves — are brothers Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr., Zaldy Ampatuan and Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan.

They are among 197 individuals allegedly involved in the carnage at Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, where a convoy was heading to file the certificate of candidacy of now Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, who was set to run for governor back then.

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