• Accused in Ampatuan massacre seeks treatment

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    The camp of one of the accused in Ampatuan massacre case has asked a Quezon City court to allow him to seek treatment from a government doctor for his current ailment.

    In a three–page urgent motion for medical check-up or treatment, accused Datu Akmad “Tato’’ Ampatuan said that his “unjustified detention” has taken its toll on his health.

    Ampatuan is suffering from diabetes and has been experiencing a spike in his blood sugar levels.

    To avoid further complications, Akmad requested the court to immediately permit him to be brought and examined at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) or any other government hospital that Regional Trial Court Branch 221 of Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes chooses.

    Akmad stressed that he has no intention of evading trial.

    In his motion, he said that he will oblige if the court orders that he will be escorted or guarded during the duration of his medical treatment.

    Akmad said that he frequently suffers from fatigue, weakness and dizziness.

    Earlier, Solis-Reyes set the arraignment of Akmad and Sajid Islam Ampatuan on June 26 at the Quezon City Jail-Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

    Akmad is the son-in-law and nephew of former-Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. of Maguindanao, while Sajid Islam, son of Andal Sr., is the brother of principal suspect, former-Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. of Datu Unsay.

    In an order dated June 5, Reyes said that the arguments presented by Sajid Islam and Akmad in their motions for the dismissal of the case constitute the same issues that they already raised in previous appeals that have already been denied by the court.

    The two previously questioned the court’s resolution allowing the prosecution to amend the information and include their names in list of the accused.

    “The court ruled on the existence of probable cause to hold the said individuals, including herein accused, liable for the [murder charges],” said Reyes.

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