• Maguindanao massacre case hearings to resume April 15

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    Even after taking its Lenten break, the Quezon City court handling the 2009 Maguindanao massacre trial would still not resume hearings on the case this week. A staff of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 221 on Tuesday said the trial of the massacre case would resume on April 15.The source said hearings scheduled for April 8 and 9 were suspended to give way to a convention of prosecutors in Davao City, where hundred of fiscals from across the country are set to converge. He added that the Prosecutors League of the Philippines Inc. (PLP) 27th National Convention of Prosecutors is slated on April 6 to 10. The QC court holds twice-a-week evidentiary hearings on the case, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The source said court proceedings were deferred because of lack of prosecution witnesses and because of the Annual Sportsfest of the Philippine Association of Court Employees Quezon City chapter that was held from March 25 to 27 at the Quezon City Hall of Justice. Fifty-eight people, including 32 media practitioners, died in the November 23, 2009 massacre in Maguindanao province. More than 190 suspects were initially charged with multiple murder in connection with the incident.

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