Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez on Wednesday (Jan. 13) that he has assigned a judge to act on the charges filed against nine dismissed policemen involved in the killing of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu last year.
Marquez made the assurance after it was found that the regional trial court (RTC) in Sulu could not act on the case including the issuance of arrest warrants because of the lockdown in province caused by the rise in the COVID-19 virus cases.
“Judge could not return to province because it was on lockdown,” Marquez disclosed.
“Had to designate a judge to act on filings,” he said.
Murder and planting of evidence charges have already been filed last Jan. 4 against the nine over the June 29 killing of four Army intelligence officers in Jolo, Sulu.
Those charged with murder and planting of evidence before the regional trial court (RTC) of Sulu are Abdelzhimar Padjiri, Hanie Baddiri, Iskandar Susulan, Ernisar Sappal, Sulki Andaki, Moh. Nur Pasani, Almudzrin Hadjaruddin, Alkajal Mandangan, and Rajiv Putalan.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) already had nine dismissed from service but had to release them from custody due to the lack of arrest warrants.