Court junks rebellion raps vs Ampatuans
Posted by akosistella on March 29, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – UPDATE 2 A Quezon City court has dismissed the rebellion case against members of the Ampatuan clan and other ccused after finding no probable cause that they planned an uprising to foil their arrest for the November 23 Maguindanao massacre.
In an 18-page order, Judge Vivencio Baclig of the Regional Trial Court RTC Branch 77 said the prosecution did not provide enough evidence to establish probable cause in charging Andal Ampatuan Sr. and 23 others with rebellion.
Aside from Ampatuan Sr., the court also dismissed the rebellion case against suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ARMM Governor Zaldy Ampatuan, Datu Akmad Tato Ampatuan, Datu Anwar Ampatuan and Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan, Kusain Akmad Sakilan, Jovel Vista Lopez, Rommy Gimba Mamay, Sammy Duyo Villanueva, Ibrahim Tukya Abdulkadir, Samil Manalao Mindo, Goldo B. Ampatuan, Amaikugao Obab Dalgan, Billy Cabaya Gabriel Jr., Abdulla Kaliangat Ampatuan, Moneb Samir Ibrahim, Umpa Ugka Yarya, Manding Abdulkadir, Dekay Idra Ulama, Kapid Gabriel Cabaya, Koka Batong Managilid, Sammy Ganda Macabuat, Duca Lendungan Amban, and Akmad Abdullah Ulilisen.
Military not letting go of Ampatuans yet
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The military here refused to release Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., even if a Quezon court has dismissed the rebellion charges filed against him.
Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson of the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said they could not release Andal Sr., because of the murder cases pending against him and other members of the Ampatuan clan in court.
Earlier, Cabangbang brushed off questions about the supposed release of Andal Sr. who has been held and guarded by government soldiers at the hospital inside the Eastern Mindanao Command in Panacan.