Maguindanao massacre victims’ lawyer expects a guilty verdict

Aileen Cerrudo
Atty. Nena Santos

The legal counsel of the Maguindanao massacre victims expects that the decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 221 which will be released not later than December 22, will give out a guilty verdict.

Atty. Nena Santos said even if some of the witnesses recanted their statements, it will not affect the verdict of the court.

“Ang nag-recant na mga witnesses (The witnesses who recanted [their statements] are just collaborating witnesses. The main witnesses did not recant so we believe that it will not affect the outcome of the case,” she said.

Over a hundred accused in the Maguindanao massacre, which include several members of the Ampatuan family, are waiting for the court’s decision before the end of the year.

The Quezon City RTC was given 90 days in order to come up with a verdict for a case already submitted for resolution. The 90-day period will lapse on November 22.

However, Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes requested a 30-day extension. —AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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