A court decision on the Maguindanao massacre may be out before its 10th anniversary in November, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said Friday.
“The court has already deemed the case as submitted for decision, and barring unforeseen circumstances, we are hoping for a decision by the third week of November,” Andanar said in a statement.
The PCOO chief also lauded the PTFoMs and described the upcoming end of the trial as “another addition to President (Rodrigo) Duterte’s legacy.”
“We cannot help but be amazed at the dedication of the men and women of the law enforcement units, prosecutors, and most especially, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, whose passion for their work is exceeded only by their desire to see this case through its conclusion,” Andanar said.
PTFoMS Executive Director Usec. Joel Sy Egco cited a report from the Department of Justice which showed that “in an Order dated August 22, 2019, the court has already declared the Ampatuan Maguindanao massacre case as deemed submitted for decision.”
Egco also ensured that PTFoMS will ensure that no further delays will stall the proceedings.
“We will exhaust all means to help guard the sanctity of the judicial process in these crucial times, so that justice may finally be served in these cases”, Egco said in a statement.
On Thursday Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo bared that he met with the Ampatuan family after they were referred to him by the Office of the President (OP).
Panelo used to be the lawyer of Andal Ampatuan Jr. in 2014 for the trial over the Maguindanao massacre but withdrew the following year.
He said that the Ampatuan family is asking the President’s intercession but the Chief Executive asked them to wait for the court’s decision.