Supreme Court affirms CA junking of Ampatuan bail plea

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2019 03:11 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court has denied the appeal of former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan to reverse the Court of Appeals' denial of his bail petition.

In a resolution dated July 22, the high court's first division said it denied Ampatuan's petition for "lack of merit."

"After a perusal of the records of the case, this Court resolves to deny the petition for failure of the petitioner to sufficiently show any reversible error in the assailed decision and resolution of the CA," the resolution read.

Ampatuan had sought bail over 58 counts of murder in connection with the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

The appellate court, in a decision dated April 18, 2018, affirmed the earlier decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 to keep Ampatuan in detention.

A total of 58 people, including 32 media practitioners and female members of the Ampatuans' rival clan, the Mangudadatus, were killed in the massacre, known to be the single deadliest attack on journalists.

The high court said Ampatuan's arguments in his petition, which includes his denial of the crime and alibi, are "factual issues" that would be "best threshed out in a full blown trial."

--Report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News