June 17, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City court handling the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case has junked anew the appeal of the grandson of late former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. to allow him to bring in a portable aircon in his detention cell.
In a one-page order, Assisting Judge Genie Gapas-Agbada of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 221 denied the motion for reconsideration filed by accused Anwar Ampatuan, Jr. due to lack of merit.
Last month, Anwar filed the motion seeking to reverse the court’s April 25 order that denied his request to bring in a portable aircon inside his prison cell.
In the said order, Agbada said the court denied Anwar’s appeal because he failed to include any medical document to support his claim of using the air-conditioned for medical purposes as he is suffering from shortness of breath and skin allergies.
But in his motion for reconsideration, Anwar said he was heavily suffering from shortness of breath at the time his omnibus motion was filed by reason of the sweltering heat inside the jail facility.
To make matters worse, he said he had been experiencing rashes that are reddish and itchy with scaly texture all over his skin.
He also attributed the skin outbreak to the intense heat inside the prison cell.
In dismissing the accused second appeal, Agbada said Anwar failed again to attach a medical certificate on his motion for reconsideration.
The judge added that there is no new substantial argument to warrant the reversal of the assailed order.
Anwar is currently detained at the QC Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.
He 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 March. – RBA