Bishop pushes for independent body to review Agra's resolution

April 26, 2010 8:14 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, April 26 – A Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) official is calling for the creation of an independent panel that will review the resolution of acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra in connection with the dropping of the multiple murder charges against the two members of the Ampatuan family.

CBCP Public Affairs Committee Chairman Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez said, however, that the Justice Secretary should not be allowed to be part of the panel since he was the one involved in it.

“They should create a new commission that would look into it and for the members they should also be new,” he said.

The Caloocan prelate favors that the resolution be reviewed since its timing and scope is very suspicious. <p.“It should be reviewed. The way it was issued, it’s kind of drastic, and immediate,” said Iñiguez.

The families of some of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre are set to ask the Justice department to declare void Agra's April 16 resolution.

Lawyer Harry Roque, legal counsel for some of the victims, said they would cite as reason the fact that they were not furnished a copy of the petition for review thus they were not able to controvert the evidence. In the resolution, Agra pushed the dropping of charges against ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and, his cousin, Mamasapano town mayor Akmad Ampatuan in connection to the Nov. 23 killings of 57 individuals, including media people. (PNA) RMA/FGP/utb

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