MANILA - A Quezon City trial court has handed down its ruling in the deadly bombing of the Batasan Pambansa complex a decade ago, finding one accused guilty and absolving two others.
The bomb explosion at an entrance of the House of Representatives in the evening of November 13, 2007 killed 6 people, including Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar.
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 83 found accused Ikram Indama guilty of multiple murder and multiple attempted murder.
Accused Caidar J. Aunal and Adham J. Kusain were acquitted of multiple murder with frustrated murder "for insufficiency of evidence."
Indama, through CCTV footage and affidavits that he later recanted, was identified as the driver of a motorcycle that carried an improvised bomb to Batasan's south wing. The bomb exploded at around 8 pm.
As to Aunal, the court said "there is no direct evidence presented against him," while in the case of Kusain, legal owner of the motorcycle, "his liability in this case was not proven beyond reasonable doubt."
Indama was sentenced to reclusion perpetua without eligibility for parole. He was ordered to pay P205,000 for the heirs of each fatality and P95,000 for each of the 10 injured victims.
The court meantime ordered a bench warrant of arrest for 3 other accused who were still at large.