April 28, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City court handling the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case has junked the appeal of the grandson of late former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. to allow him to bring in a portable air condition inside his detention cell.
In a one-page order dated April 25, Assisting Judge Genie Gapas-Agbada of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 221 denied the motion filed by accused Anwar Ampatuan Jr. for lack of merit.
In his motion, Anwar stressed that his request to bring in a portable air condition inside his jail cell is only intended for medical purposes as he is suffering from shortness of breath and skin allergies.
The accused said the shortness of breath has become more frequent and so with the skin flare-ups due to the current hot temperature inside the city jail.
“To prevent a more severe reaction on the skin of the accused which can cause an outbreak and to alleviate the breathing difficulties, it is humbly requested from this Court to allow the accused to bring in a portable air condition to his detention cell,” as stated in the motion.
However, Agbada said Anwar failed to include important documents to support his petition.
In particular, the judge said “the movant failed to present any medical document to support his claim of difficulty in breathing.”
Anwar is among the 197 suspects initially charged for the gruesome murder of 58 people, including 32 media practitioners, at Ampatuan town in Maguindanao province on November 23, 2009.
His plea to reconsider an earlier order denying his bail petition was also junked by the court last month.
He is currently detained at the QC Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City. – AIB