PNP hails Court’s guilty verdict on Ampatuan massacre case; to double manhunt efforts on still at-large accused

Maris Federez
Convicted suspects in handcuffs are escorted after the promulgation of the Maguindanao massacre at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, Philippines, 19 December 2019. Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes handed down the guilty verdict on the masterminds of the Maguindanao massacre on 19 December 2019.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has hailed what it called as “the landmark decision of a Quezon City Court that meted the guilty verdict to several accused and accessories in the celebrated Ampatuan massacre of 2009”.

The PNP issued its statement on Thursday (Dec. 19), following the promulgation of the consolidated partial decision by the QC RTC Branch 221, penned by Hon. Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes.

PNP Officer-in-Charge PLtGen. Archie Francisco F Gamboa said, “this triumph of justice sends a strong message that the majesty of the law does not bow to the rich and powerful.”

In the statement, Gamboa said the PNP will double all efforts to account for Ampatuan massacre accused who are still at-large as the police force “is duty-bound to implement all actionable orders of the court when it meted the guilty verdict to the accused in the murder of 58 persons in Ampatuan, Maguindanao ten years ago on November 23, 2009”.

Gamboa has directed the CIDG, the IG and the BARMM PNP to launch massive manhunt operations for the 80 fugitives who have yet to surrender to the court in the whole duration of the entire trial.

The PNP has included in the manhunt accused dismissed Police Inspector Michael Joy Ines Macaraeg who did not appear during the promulgation of the decision.

The Court has issued an arrest warrant against him.

“Considering the nature of their crime and their continued flight from justice, we presume these fugitives to be armed and dangerous,” Gamboa said.  /mbmf

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