Massacre suspect transferred to QC jail

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The Quezon City (QC) Regional Trial Court, which hears the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case, has allowed accused Moactar Ali Daud alias Moktar Daud to move from Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig and seek treatment at the TB Isolation Facility inside the Quezon City Jail Male Dormitory. Daud is suffering from multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB), a condition that is resistant to two or more of the primary drugs used for treatment. In a two-page order, Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Regional Trial Court Branch 221 granted Daud’s prayer for transfer to another detention facility citing the need for a proper and immediate treatment of the disease. TB is an infectious disease that usually infects the lungs. The bacteria that cause TB can spread from person to person through the air by sneezing and coughing. Senior Insp. Jaime Claveria, resident medical officer of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), signed medical certificate that shows Daud’s condition. Judge Reyes said the transfer is only good for the duration of the treatment, which usually takes six months. More than 190 people were initially charged for the carnage that resulted to the death of 58 people, including 32 media practitioners, in Maguindanao on November 23, 2009.

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