Until the 80 other accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case have been arrested, there would be no closer yet in the tragedy that saw the demise of 58 persons, said lawyer Nena Santos.
“May relief dahil doon sa nakapag-convict ng mga principal (suspects),” Santos, who represented some of the families of the victims, said about the December 19 verdict in the case during a recent interview in DZBB.
“Pero hindi pa 100 percent makampante dahil may 80 pa po ang dapat hulihin at litisin,” she pointed out.
During the promulgation of the case, Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes convicted 28 principal accused for 57 counts of murder and sentenced to reclusion perpetua.
They are the sons of late former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., namely, former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Datu Zaldy Ampatuan, former Datu Unsay
Mayor Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr., and former Shariff Aguak Mayor Datu Anwar Ampatuan Sr.
Also convicted but will serve lesser prison years are 15 accused who acted as accessories.
On the other hand, the magistrate archived the case against the 80 accused who remain at large.
“Karamihan po sa kanila na-mention na sa testimony, ‘yung naging participation nila sa krimen. Alam namin na marami sa kanila doon ang actual shooters,” Santos said.