18-yr-old suspect in Maguindanao massacre moved to youth home | Inquirer News

18-yr-old suspect in Maguindanao massacre moved to youth home

/ 10:05 PM February 09, 2012

A Quezon City judge allowed one of the accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre to stay in a youth home until he could post an P11-million bail, noting that he was still a minor at the time of the grisly murders.

The ruling was carried out three days after a police suspect in the massacre committed suicide, reportedly because of depression, at the Camp Bagong Diwa detention facility in Taguig City.

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Now aged 18, the young suspect who was described in the case as a militiaman, was brought to the Molave Youth Home also in Quezon City Thursday morning, the Inquirer learned from his defense lawyer Andres Manuel.

In a five-page order, Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Regional Trial Court Branch 221 reversed her previous order denying bail for the accused, who was 16 at the time of the murders.

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“Accordingly, movant is allowed to be released on recognizance to his parents and other suitable persons … or to be released on bail upon posting of the required bail,” Reyes said in her Feb. 6 ruling.

Members of the powerful Ampatuan clan and its private army in Maguindanao province mostly make up the 196 people indicted for the election-related slaughter of 58 people, including 32 media workers, on Nov. 23, 2009.

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