Palace confident of early Maguindanao case resolution

December 23, 2009 11:10 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 23 — Malacañang expressed confidence on Wednesday that the judicial system will be able to dispose of the Maguindanao massacre case in a speedy and expeditious manner.

In a media briefing, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said although President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has no authority to influence the job of the judiciary, she is urging those who are handling the case to render a decision based on material evidences at the earliest possible time.

“We owe it to the victims that they be given justice immediately,” Ermita said. “It is the clamor of the people.”

The President, he said, is closely monitoring the status of the multiple murder and rebellion charges filed against the Ampatuans. He added it is in the agenda that may be discussed in the Cabinet meeting in Baguio City next week.

Ermita revealed that the government may transfer the suspects to military and police detention facilities in Rizal, Nueva Ecija or Laguna.

“The important thing is let the legal procedure be done in a manner that will be fair for everyone and to ensure that the security both of the people in the area and the detainees themselves,” he said.

Ermita noted the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is seeing to it that appropriate government officials from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are in place so that government functions will return to normal. (PNA)

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