October 14, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City court handling the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case recently allowed a member of the Ampatuan clan to undergo medical examination in a government hospital for further evaluation of his health.
In a two-page order, Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 221 allowed accused Akmad “Tato” Ampatuan Sr. to be brought to Taguig-Pateros District Hospital for physical and medical checkup after finding merit on his appeal.
In his urgent motion requesting for physical/medical examination and confinement, Ampatuan said he is suffering from physical pains such as sprains on his shoulders and back and had problems with his blood pressure and sugar levels.
Senior Inspector Jaime Claveria, Jr., a medical officer of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), examined Ampatuan last August 30 and recommended that the accused be brought to a nearest government hospital to be able to undergo various medical procedures.
The prosecution panel opposed the motion on the ground that the medical certificate submitted by the accused did not reflect any findings with regards to his alleged physical pains and strains, blood pressure and sugar problems.
But in granting the motion, Reyes said an accused has the right not only to avail himself of medical, dental and other health services, but to be treated as well in a government or private hospital provided it is deemed necessary and allowed by the rules.
“Taking into consideration of Dr. Jaime Claveria and in order to determine accused current physical condition so that the same may be addressed accordingly, the court deems it proper to grant the relief being prayed for the accused that he be allowed to undergo the necessary physical/medical check-up to be conducted at the nearest government medical facility,” the judge stated in the order.
However, Reyes denied the appeal of the accused for confinement.
She said there is no showing that Ampatuan is suffering from specific medical condition, which requires confinement.
The court directed the jail warden of the QC jail annex at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City to transport the accused to the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital for his medical examination pursuant to the BJMP rules and regulations after proper coordination with the concerned officials of the hospital.
The jail warden was further ordered to immediately transport back the accused to the detention cell after the medical proceedings.
Ampatuan, a former mayor of the town of Mamasapano in Maguindanao province, is a nephew and at the same time, a son-in-law of late former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr.
The two Ampatuans were among the 197 suspects initially charged for the massacre that killed 58 people, including 32 media workers, at a remote village in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao on November 23, 2009. – MBL