Security at V. Luna still normal despite confinement of Andal Sr.

March 11, 2012 12:16 am 

MANILA, March 10 — Security situation at the V. Luna Hospital remains normal despite the confinement there on Friday of former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr., one of the prime suspects in the Nov. 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Col. Marcelo Burgos Jr., said that while the AFP is responsible for the safekeeping of the facility, it is the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) which is responsible for Andal's security.

"It is the BJMP who is in-charge of his (Ampatuan's) security. On the AFP's part, we are maintaining the security on the premises (of V. Luna Hospital)," Burgos said.

Burgos also said that security measures at the camp where other suspects in the massacre of 57 people, 39 of whom were journalists, remained normal even without the senior Ampatuan inside.

He said that the former Maguindanao governor was now confined at the intensive care unit of the AFP's pulmonology service.

Based on the initial findings of attending doctors at the V. Luna Hospital, Andal Sr. has community-acquired pneumonia, Type 2 Diabetes mellitus, hypertensive heart disease, alcoholic liver disease and coronary syndrome.

Burgos said that Ampatuan's confinement at V. Luna Hospital had no court order due to the emergency medical condition of the latter.

He added that without a court order, the senior Ampatuan can only stay at the hospital for 24-hours after which he will be transferred back to Taguig. (PNA)

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