The Supreme Court (SC) has formally granted a plea for the transfer of the trial of the cases concerning the attacks in Marawi City to Metro Manila from Cagayan de Oro City.
During Tuesday’s en banc session, the SC agreed to changing the venue of the hearing of the criminal charges against the Maute Group and their cohorts in courts in Taguig City where those arrested are detained.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd welcomed the SC ruling.
“That is great news for the DoJ [Department of Justice] and its panels of prosecutors in Cagayan de Oro,” Aguirre said.
“It will solve a lot of problems like where the detainees are to be confined and whether we are going to rent a new place to hold the inquests and conduct preliminary investigations,” he added.
”The court, in a resolution dated June 27,2017, acted on two letters of the Secretary of Justice dated 13 and 14 June 2017, noted the same and designated the Regional Trial Court of the National Capital Judicial Region stationed in Taguig City, instead of the Regional Trial Court of Cagayan de Oro City, to speedily act on all prosecutions and incidents arising from the violent incidents in Marawi City involving the Maute Group,” the court ruled.
Aguirre pleaded before the High Court to allow hearing of the cases at an appropriate venue inside the premises of the Special Intensive Care Area located inside Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig to ensure greater security for the Maute detainees.
The plea was granted after the Justice secretary sent an appeal-letter to the High Court to transfer the trial outside Mindanao and hold it in Taguig City because of security concerns.