Maguindanao massacre verdict out on Dec. 19

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 02 2019 10:43 AM | Updated as of Dec 02 2019 10:54 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) -- Ten years after 58 people, including 32 journalists, were killed in the Philippines' worst case of election violence, the judge handling the case said she would rule on the case on Dec. 19.

The promulgation of the murder case against those charged for the Maguindanao massacre will be held at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, a maximum-security police camp in the capital's southern outskirts where some of the suspects are detained.

Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 sent notice of the promulgation to the parties of the case.

Members of the Ampatuan clan are among some 100 people who were tried for multiple murder for the carnage on Nov. 23, 2009, when a convoy was stopped and strafed on a Maguindanao highway. The bodies were buried in a hilltop grave using an excavator.

Among those due for sentencing is primary accused Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan, Jr., and his brothers Zaldy and Sajid.

Zaldy has been confined in the hospital since October after a stroke while Sajid was allowed to post bail in 2015.

Eighty accused meanwhile remain at large.