Cop-suspects in Maguindanao massacre get death threats

May 20, 2010 8:12 pm 

MANILA, May 20 – Government prosecutors on Thursday asked the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QCRTC) Branch 221 to transfer 14 police officers, who were co-accused in the Maguindanao massacre, from Bicutan jail in Taguig City to PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The police officers wanted to testify against their co-accused in the Maguindanao massacre.

“There are compelling reasons for herein accused to be transferred back to the PNP Custodial Center to ensure their safety and security so that they can testify truthfully, free from any threat, undue influence and physical harm,” Assistant Chief State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon said in a five page urgent motion to Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes .

The police officers include Inspector Sukarno Dicay, SPO1 Eduardo Ong, PO3 Felix Enate, Jr., PO3 Anton Rasid, PO3 Abdulgani Abibudin, PO2 Saudi Pasutan, PO2 Nana Hamad, PO2 Saudiar Ulah, PO2 Hernani Saulong Decupido, Jr., PO1 Esmael Guialal, PO1 Abdullah Baguadatu, PO1 Esprielito Lejarso, PO1 Herich Amaba, and PO1 Michael Madsig.

The prosecutors said that one of the 14 policemen received a threat from Andal Ampatuan Jr. and his father Andal Sr., the principal suspects in the Maguindanao massacre that left 57 people dead, mostly mediamen on Nov. 23, 2009.

“On April 22, 2010, we received a report that accused Datu Andal Ampatuan and Datu Andal Ampatuan, Jr., a.k.a. Datu Unsay has threatened accused SPO2 Badawi Bakal that something untoward will befall him and/or his family if he refuses to sign a document falsely identifying prosecution witness Rasul Sangki as among those who shot the victims of the Ampatuan massacre,” they said. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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