Relatives of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre are appealing to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to give them “ample time” to come to Metro Manila and personally witness the promulgation of the multiple counts of murder filed against the Ampatuan scion.’
Nena Santos, a private prosecutor, said the complainants have yet to travel from Mindanao.
“The victims’ kin have been asking me about the schedule of the promulgation. They need an ample time,” she told the Manila Standard.
Santos is representing the relatives of the 35 victims of the Maguindanao massacre.
Judge Jocelyn Reyes of Branch 221 has submitted the case for resolution after 10 years of the crime commission.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he is confident that the verdict on the Ampatuans and more than 100 accused would be meted out in November.
While the 58 victims, including 32 journalists, were on their way to Shariff Aguak to file the certificate of candidacy of then Buluan vice mayor Esmael Mangudadatu on Nov. 23, 2009, armed men abducted, killed and buried them alive.
The Ampatuan patriarch, the late Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., his children, private armies and even policemen were accused as the perpetrators behind the murder of the victims.