RTC okays medical exam for suspect


A Quezon City court has granted a request of an accused in the Maguindanao Massacre case to undergo physical and medical examinations in a government hospital.

Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 221 granted an urgent motion for a physicial/medical check-up and confinement if necessary filed by accused Dato “Tato” Ampatuan Sr. after finding merit in his appeal.

But Reyes denied the appeal of the accused for confinement since there is no proof that he is suffering from specific medical condition that requires it.

In his motion, the accused claimed that he is suffering physical pains, sprains on his shoulders and back and have problems with his blood pressure and sugar level.

On August 30, 2016, Dr. Jaime Claveria, a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) physician, examined Ampatuan and issued a medical certificate of the accused.

The prosecution opposed the motion on the ground that the medical certificate submitted by the accused did not reflect any findings on his alleged physical pains and strains, blood pressure and sugar problems.
It, however, submitted the consideration of the urgent motion to the wisdom of the court.

In granting the motion, Reyes explained that the accused has the right not only to avail himself of medical, dental and other health services but also to be treated as well in a government or private hospital, provided it is deemed necessary and allowed by the rules.

Taking into consideration Dr. Jaime Claveria findings and in order to determine accused’s current physical condition so that the same may be addressed accordingly, the court deemed it proper to grant the relief being prayed for the accused.


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