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Mangudadatu Sees Guilty Verdict On Suspects In Maguindanao Massacre

MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE – Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, Maguindanao representative, hopes for a guilty verdict against suspects of the Maguindanao massacre.

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The Supreme Court earlier announced that the verdict for the perpetrators of the controversial incident will be declared on December 19.

According to GMA News, Mangudadatu, who lost his wife and two sisters in the massacre, said that he took SC’s decision to allow the live media coverage of the promulgation as a hint that the perpetrators will b judged guilty.

“When it was forwarded to me the decision of SC yesterday, in my mind talagang may solid verdict na guilty sila sa major suspects ng Maguindanao massacre,”

“Because of the SC decision that they allow the live coverage of the promulgation, sigurado kaming may guilty verdict yan sa mga suspek.”

The Maguindanao representative clarified that he wasn’t saying that the SC was aiming to foretell the verdict due to the allowing of the live coverage.

“But in our side, nandoon sa amin ‘yan kasi malinaw naman, yung mga witnesses at evidence naman very vital and solid,”

Many news outfits, journalists’ organizations and government communications agencies requested to the court to allow the live media coverage of the hearing, which will be held at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, said that this will be advantageous for the relatives of the victims who cannot afford to fly to Manila.

As per the report, the promulgation of the verdict on the multiple murder case against more than a hundred defendants, including 15 people with the surname “Ampatuan” that includes Andal Jr., Zaldy, and Sajid, will be the culmination of the 10-year case at the trial court level.

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