State prosecutors slam jail officials over Andal Jr. press conference
Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Government prosecutors on Wednesday assailed jail officials for allowing Andal Ampatuan Jr. to hold a news briefing inside the prison facility in Bicutan, Taguig City on Tuesday.
During the arraignment of 15 of the accused in the Maguindanao massacre, state prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon asked Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes to order jail officials to explain in writing why they let a high-risk prisoner step out of his prison without the consent of the court.
“We find it highly questionable that he was allowed to hold a press conference only because he wanted to clear something,” Fadullon told the judge during the hearing held at the Quezon City Jail Annex QCJA at Camp Bagong Diwa.
Puno says it was a ‘lapse in judgement’
MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno on Wednesday said jail officials should be held accountable for allowing Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., the suspected mastermind of the Maguindanao massacre, to hold a press conference inside one of the country’s maximum security detention facilities.
“Certainly, the event itself was a lapse in judgement. I’ll want an explanation on what possessed him to have that kind of an exercise inside the jail. If they held it outside, then that’s even more for him to explain,” Puno told radio dzMM.
Puno said he has yet to find out who authorized the press conference of Ampatuan Jr., who is being held for the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao province last November.
Via ABS-CBN News