Ampatuan bail plea meets tough opposition

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Hundreds of pieces of evidence against the bail petition of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and 11 of his co-accused in the “Maguindanao Massacre’’ case have been admitted on Tuesday by a Quezon City court.

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Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes said the court will admit almost 300 exhibits and testimonies included in the April 26, 2013 formal offer of evidence.

Covered by the 34-page order released yesterday were the admission of evidence against the bail petitions of suspects Inspector Sukarno Dicay, Nasser Esmail, Nicomedes Tolentino, Armando Ambalgan, Misuari Ampatuan, Taya Bangkulat, Salik Bangkulat, Salipad Tampogao, Moktar Daud, Macton Bilungan and Mohades Ampatuan.

Among the exhibits admitted were the affidavit-complaint of former Buluan vice mayor and now Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu.

Mangudadatu’s wife Genalyn and relatives as well as 32 mediamen were among the 58 people who were savagely gunned down in the Nov. 23, 2009 massacre.

Also admitted as evidence were sworn statements of various witnesses, as well as the medico-legal reports, autopsy pictures and anatomical sketches of the cadavers of the witnesses.

Solis-Reyes also ruled to admit various records from telecommunications companies, including the Smart billing statement of Genalyn from November 17 to December 16, 2009.

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