Prosecutors mutiny in DoJ – Agra’s absolution of 2 Ampatuans trigger protest

Manila, Philippines — Justice Secretary Alberto Agra is facing a mutiny over his decision on clearing two members of the Ampatuan clan in the Maguindanao Massacre.

State prosecutors led by Chief State Prosecutor Claro Arellano Monday, protested the resolution that Agra issued on the eve of April 16, clearing the names of suspended governor Zaldy Ampatuan of the ARMM and his uncle, Maguindanao vice-governor Akmad Ampatuan Sr., from their murder cases.

Prosecutors questioned the move of Agra after having studied the evidences for only 24 hours. Arellano said that the prosecutors were hoping that justice would ultimately be served to the victims of the tragedy.

“It is along this line that we earnestly and respectfully request Acting Secretary Agra to revisit this resolution.”

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