After a 10-year trial, a Quezon City judge has sent members of the powerful Ampatuan clan to jail for the Maguindanao massacre. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
A Quezon City court has handed down its decision on the Maguindanao Massacre case. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the decision means the rule of law prevailed. Panelo once served as lawyer of the Ampatuans and he once said the evidence against his then clients were fabricated. In any case, the court ordered the immediate arrest of the accused who are still at large. The convicted Ampatuans and their co-accused are now in Bilibid and officials are promising there will be no special treatment.
The kin of the so-called “58th victim” of the Maguindanao Massacre, Reynaldo Momay, are still crying out for justice after the accused were acquitted in his murder. Lawyer Harry Roque said they will appeal the civil aspect of the case in a bid to get justice for Momay, however belated. The body of Momay was never found and lawyers have tried to prove he was killed along with 57 others victims.
Works of the masters
Sometimes, the government does win ill-gotten wealth cases against the Marcoses. The Sandiganbayan ordered on Thursday the forfeiture of over 146 expensive paintings worth $24 million. The paintings are creations from masters like Cezanne, Manet and Goya. The court barred the family from selling the paintings and said the Marcoses could not have obtained the paintings with their declared income.
Blowing hot and cold
On Thursday, the Palace said the administration is still serious about restarting the talks despite a recent outburst by President Duterte. In a recent speech, Duterte ordered the military to crush communist rebels. This after the New People’s Army (NPA) reportedly carried out an attack in Eastern Samar. But even earlier than that, the president sent his emissaries to the Netherlands to talk to Jose Ma. Sison and see if they could jump start the stalled peace talks with the rebels.
A decade of driving
Everything from luxury to low-cost flooded the local market in the last 10 years. But, with worsening traffic and fossil fuel dependence, is that necessarily a good thing? ANCX breaks down motoring in the 2010s.