Court Junks Appeal of Maguindanao Massacre Suspect To Post Property Bond

March 11, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City court handling the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case has junked the appeal of one of the accused police officers to allow him to post bail in the form of property bond.

In a one-page order, Assisting Judge Genie Gapas-Agbada of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 221 denied the motion to admit property bond filed by accused PO1 Michael Macarongon.

In his motion, Macarongon requested to post a property bond using the lots of his deceased father, Soriano Macarongon, located at Balabagan town in Lanao del Sur province.

The accused said he was one of the heirs of Soriano and his co-heirs have allowed him to use the property as bond for his provisional liberty, as evidenced by their extra-judicial settlement with special authority.

In denying the motion, Agbada said the subject properties have yet to be transferred in the names of the accused and his co-heirs.

She noted that unless the said properties have been registered in the names of the “surety,” the court would not allow its use as security for the accused’s provisional liberty.

“To be sure, the court cannot rightfully enforce forfeiture of the bond in the event that accused jumped his bail because the properties are not yet registered in the name of the surety,” the judge added.

Macarongon is one of the accused police officers earlier allowed by the court to post bail in the amount of P200,000 for each of the 58 counts of murder or a total bail of P11.6-million.

More than 190 people were initially charged for the massacre of 58 people, including 32 media practitioners, at Ampatuan town in Maguindanao province on November 23, 2009.

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