Defense reporters, DOJ prosecutors assail DoJ chief over raps drop
Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Journalists covering the defense beat on Monday added their voice assailing the decision of the Department of Justice (DoJ) to absolve two Ampatuan clan members from the murder charges in connection with the Maguindanao massacre.
“We, the members of the PNP (Philippine National Police) Press Corps, denounce the recent DoJ ruling dismissing the murder charges against Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan,” journalists assigned in Camp Crame said in a statement.
The group directly linked Malacañang to the controversial decision of acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to exonerate the two clan members.
Prosecutors decry ‘lack of courtesy’ in dropping of murder raps vs 2 Ampatuans
A panel of government prosecutors on Monday claimed to have been bypassed by Justice Secretary Alberto Agra in his decision to clear two members of the Ampatuan clan in the massacre of 57 people in Maginadanao last year.
A GMA Flash Report quoted the prosecutors as saying that Agra had not consulted them, as a matter of courtesy, before he ordered the dropping of multiple murder charges against detained Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and cousin Akmad Ampatuan, mayor of Mamasapano town in Maguindanao.
via GMA News.TV
FROM ABS-CBN’s Ces Drilon (10 am) via Facebook: “Govt prosecutor Richard Fadullon arrives at DÔJ: ‘we can’t be silent. We have to speak out against questionable process in release of resolution regarding the dropping of charges vs Zaldy and Ahmed Ampatuan. We were the last to know.’ “