DOJ hopes SC will approve transfer of venue of Maguindanao massacre probe

November 27, 2009 2:53 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 27 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday expressed hope that the Supreme Court (SC) will approve its request for the transfer of the venue of the investigation of the Maguindanao massacre case.

Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuno said that based on the order of the DOJ, the resolution should now be ready for the change of venue from Cotabato City to Central Luzon.

The change of venue, Zuno said, was due to the fear of the many witnesses if the investigation will be conducted in Cotabato City.

"We are hoping that this (request) will be approved by the SC," Zuno stressed.

Following the inquest proceedings against Datu Unsay, Maguindanao Mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr. on Thursday, the DOJ subsequently filed the multiple murder case before the General Santos City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

"After the inquest, we have three days to file the resolution," Zuno said.

The DOJ resolution will be filed before the Office of the Court Administrator of the SC.

"We have due process to follow," Zuno stressed. (PNA)



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