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Sa kulungan pa rin! SC rejects ex-ARMM gov Ampatuan’s bail plea

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The Supreme Court (SC) has turned down the petition of former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Zaldy Ampatuan to be granted bail despite being charged for his involvement in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

The SC has issued a resolution which upheld the rulings of the Quezon City regional trial court (RTC) and the Court of Appeals (CA) which denied his appeals to be granted bail.

In its decision, the SC pointed out it cannot rule on the petition for bail based on the factual issues raised by the petitioner.

The high court explained it will be “prematurely deciding the case beyond the parameters of judicial review at this stage of the proceedings and pre-empt the parties from presenting their respective evidence during trial.”

“The Court must defer making a conclusion on this matter since the participation of conspirators, principals, accomplices, and accessories are matters adjudged as a whole at the conclusion of the evidence-in-chief,” the SC ruled.

Zaldy is facing 58 counts of murder along with his brother Datu Sajid Ampatuan and their late father Andal Ampatuan Sr.

The case stemmed from the Nov. 23, 2009 killing of 58 persons including 32 journalists in Barangay Saman in Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

The victims were part of the convoy of then Buluan town vice mayor Esmael Mangdadatu who ran for the gubernatorial post.

There are almost 200 accused in the case including brothers former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Zaldy Ampatuan and former Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan.

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