Truth Or Tactics?

Posted: July 8, 2011 in News
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Since Zaldy Ampatuan is hoping to stand not as a criminal but as a witness in the controversial “Ampatuan Massacre” case, people raised their eyebrows on what on earth is he thinking? Many speculations have been running around to this idiotic plans of pinning down of his father and brother to be the suspect.

Is it just for the sake of justice or just a dirty tactics that’s running around Zaldy Ampatuan’s plan: (1.) He would pin down his father and brother that they are involved in the crime to be a Maguindanao’s hero and eventually to run for power and lead again? (2.) His saying the truth, but unfortunately he is also the one plans the massacre and to avoid him for getting in prison, he will stand a s a witness.. and other speculation goes on…

Some members of the House of Representatives weighed in on the purported plan for Zaldy Ampatuan to turn state witness.

Said Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez: “One of the conditions is that the applicant is the least guilty and his testimony is necessary for the conviction of the others principally accused. There are many witnesses with direct testimonies here, so Zaldy is not necessary.”

Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, vice chair of the House committee on justice, said it was up to Zaldy Ampatuan to prove that he deserved to be a state witness and that his testimony was crucial to convict the accused.

Rep. Neri Colmenares of party-list group, Bayan Muna, said the evidence in the case was so overwhelming as to make the former governor’s testimony superfluous.

Colmenares said what the case needed was a quicker pace in the proceedings so that a verdict would be reached as soon as possible.

Redemberto Villanueva, another of Zaldy Ampatuan’s lawyers disputed reports that Zaldy Ampatuan had moved to another prison cell because of a quarrel with his father.

It has nothing to do with that. He was transferred because of his medical condition. These are just rumors,” the lawyer said.

Villanueva on Thursday asked Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes to allow his client to stay at St. Luke’s Medical Center for at least five days for 12 medical tests for diabetes and another 12 for high blood pressure.

Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes gave the prosecution until Friday to submit a formal comment.

[My client] needs at least five days because there are preparations that have to be made for each test, and these could last for eight to 12 hours,” Villanueva said.

He has shortness of breath. We are concerned that it might become worse and so we have to bring him to the hospital because the doctors need special equipment to conduct these tests,” the lawyer said. But Santos was not impressed.

He’s a flight risk. And with all these rumors, the timing of his motion is suspect,” she said. “We will insist that he be arraigned first.”

Santos also said that if the former governor really needed to be examined for his ailments, the tests could be conducted in the maximum security prison.


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