DOJ expects 200 respondents in rebellion raps' preliminary probe vs Ampatuans Friday

December 17, 2009 11:00 pm 

By Perfecto G. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, Dec. 17 – Department of Justice (DOJ) Assistant Chief State Prosecutor Richard Fadullon on Thursday announced that the hearing for preliminary investigation in connection with the rebellion charges against the prominent members of the Ampatuan family and several others will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the DOJ Multi-Purpose Hall.

According to Fadullon, security arrangements have been made with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The DOJ official stressed that part of Padre Faura St., from Taft Avenue, will be closed to traffic.

Fadullon said that the media will not be allowed inside the venue.

He said the DOJ will just provide monitor to the media who will be stationed downstairs.

The panel subpoenaed close to 200 respondents including Andal, Jr. The latter's lawyer, however, sent a letter to the panel waiving his appearance in the hearing.

On the issues expected to be raised during the hearing, Fadullon said, "we're expecting them to ask for more time to consolidate all complaints because we are receiving piecemeal referrals. It's part of due process to give time for them to answer. So, we will most likely grant them. Another issue expected is continued detention of other respondents (especially the Amptuans) in the province." (PNA) LAP/PTR

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