(Metro News) NBI set to implement security measures for Andal transfer to Camp Bagong Diwa

April 14, 2010 10:34 pm 

MANILA, April 14 — The National Bureau of Investigation is set to implement strict security measures for the transfer of Maguindanao massacre suspect Datu Unsay town Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. on Thursday to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City from the NBI jail in Manila.

The NBI Intelligence Services headed by Deputy Director for Intelligence Services Ruel Lasala said they have finalized the security measures for Andal, who is scheduled to be taken out of his detention cell at 10 a.m.

The Philippine National Police (PNP)-Traffic Management Group has been tapped to help secure the traffic route, it was learned.

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday granted the request of the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the immediate transfer of the prime suspect in the Maguindanao massacre from the NBI jail on Taft Avenue, Manila to Camp Bagong Diwa.

The Maguindanao massacre left 57 civilians dead, including 15 women and 30 media practitioners, in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009.

SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez earlier said that the High Court decided to grant the request of former DOJ Secretary Agnes Devanadera for the transfer of the trial of the murder case against Ampatuan Jr. from Camp Crame in Quezon City to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Compound in Camp Bagong Diwa.

The SC also directed Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes to continue presiding over the hearing of the case in Taguig.

Acting DOJ Secretary Alberto Agra said the new detention facility for the Ampatuans and other respondents as well as the new courtroom for the trials of multiple murder and rebellion charges in Camp Bagong Diwa are now ready.

“The detention facility and the canteen, which is converted to a courtroom, are ready. They are housed in the five-story building in Camp Bagong Diwa. The refurbishing of the facilities is also done. They are ready for the next hearings and trial proper. The building used to house the juveniles,” Agra said.

He cited accessibility, security and the cost and efficiency as reasons for their manifestation to incarcerate all the accused in Camp Bagong Diwa.

“It is for the safety of the accused, the judges, the court staff as well as the lawyers and all other people securing the accused,” Agra said.

He added that security measures in the camp are now in place with the installation of CCTV and perimeter guards. “The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Philippine National Police are directed to deploy more security personnel,” he said. (PNA) scs/JES

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