Close  

5 Maguindanao massacre suspects want to vote

/ 05:06 AM September 06, 2012

Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes

Five of the 76 accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre have asked a Quezon City court to direct the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow their registration as voters, and possibly run for posts, in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Datu Anwar Ampatuan Jr., Nasser Esmael, Nicomedes Amad Tolentino, Bulatukan Omar Kayansang and Datutulon Malaguial Esmail asked Quezon City trial court Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, who is handling the massacre case, to issue a writ of execution in connection with their voters’ registration.

ADVERTISEMENT

In their motion, the five  stressed that their detention “did not disqualify them from registering, voting and possibly running as candidates in the ARMM.”

They are “not deemed to have lost their original residences in the ARMM by the mere fact of their detention at the Quezon City Jail Annex in Taguig City.”

FEATURED STORIES

They rejected suggestions that they register and vote in Taguig City. “The Comelec cannot interfere in the exercise of the right of choice of the accused by requiring them against their will to register in Taguig and vote for some Taguig candidate whom the accused do not even know… This is not what we call free and honest elections but authoritarianism in the highest order.”

Meanwhile, two more kin of slain victims were presented at the continuation of the Maguindanao massacre trial.

Bereaved mother Nancy de la Cruz and widow Corazon Cabillo demanded damages for the loss of their kin, in addition to the criminal prosecution of the suspects.

In Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Solis-Reyes also set the arraignment of two recently arrested suspects, bringing the number of arrests to 102.

Set to be arraigned Thursday are Datu Jimmy Ampatuan and PO1 Michael Madsig.

The  arraignment of newly-captured suspect Anwar Sajid “Datu Ulo” Ampatuan has been deferred. With Jaymee T. Gamil

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 2013 midterm elections, ARMM, Comelec, Maguindanao massacre
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.