MANILA - The Court of Appeals upheld on Monday two Department of Justice resolutions to indict officials of the company Armscor for illegally selling ammunition that was used in the Maguindanao massacre in 2009.
For lack of merit, the CA's 17th division junked the appeal of Victor Karunungan, Eduardo Santos, Lyn Demartin Justo, and Melva Valdez Libao, facing raps for allegedly violating Presidential Decree 1866. These Armscor officials questioned DOJ resolutions dated May 13, 2011 and October 11, 2013 that found probable cause on the complaints against them.
Court records show that a series of raids by authorities following the Novermber 23, 2009 massacre found that the guns used in the gruesome crime belong to the Philippine National Police.
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group also found out that the bullets used in these guns came from Armscor. But the PNP Firearms and Explosives Division said they did not release purchase permits for the police mobile group of ARMM for these items.
The 1-million round ammunition from Armscor cost P20 million, records show.--report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN news