Student journalists to CA: Junk petition of Zaldy Ampatuan

IT is but just that the Court of Appeals (CA) junked Andal Ampatuan’s petition to be removed from the charge sheet and we expect CA to do the same to the pending petition of Zaldy Ampatuan. We are very disappointed since 14 months have passed and this is the only update we have on this case.”

Trina Federis, National President of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), issued the statement as campus journalists together with the members of the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) and family of the victims of the gruesome Maguindanao massacre marched to the Court of Appeals.

“The evidences are strongly pointing to the Ampatuans as perpetrators in the gruesome massacre that took 58 lives, 32 of which are members of the press, and we cannot understand why the judiciary seems to be not doing its job to give the victims and their families the justice they deserve.” Federis said.

“The hunger for power of the Ampatuans and their close ally former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo resulted in the gruesome Maguindanao massacre. It must also be noted by the court that the Ampatuans were capable of perpetrating the bloodbath due to the support and assistance given by GMA. She [GMA] should also be held liable.” Federis added.

“14 months have passed and the accused have not been arraigned yet. If the court says they are working hard on this case, then they are not working hard enough.” Federis quipped.

“What the court should do now is scrap all pending petition of the Ampatuans, schedule the arraignment of the accused which should have been done 90 days from filing of the information, and prosecute the Ampatuans and their cohorts including former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,” she said.-

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