Davao RTC 33 gets night market ‘bombers’ case

THE charges filed against alleged Roxas night market bombers were raffled off to the Regional Trial Court (RTC)-Branch 33.

RTC-Branch 33 Presiding Judge Lope Callo is set to hear the case of multiple murder, multiple attempted murder and violation of the Human Security Act filed against the 14 suspects tagged in the September 2 Roxas night market blast.

The Davao City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO) has previously recommended the filing of charges against the suspects last December 13.

The CPO previously indicted 14 out of the original number of 22 suspects who were charged. The rest were acquitted for lack of evidence to support their involvement in the incident.

The suspects who will be tried in court were Abubakar Zulkifli, TJ Tagadaya Macabalang, Wendel Facturan, Musali Mustapha, Datu Masla Sema, Abu Hadid Dilangalen, Jessy Vincent Original, Zack Haron Lopez, Pendatum Coy Mahurom, one alias Cocoy, Abu Calid, Abu Solaiman, Jackson Usi, and Ausa Mamasapano.

Aside from multiple murder and multiple attempted murder, the suspects were likewise indicted for commission of terrorism under Section 3 of the Republic Act 9372 otherwise known as the Human Security Act of 2007 involving Destruction under 324 of the Revised Penal Code.

Among those acquitted, meanwhile, were Mohammad Chenikandiyil, Joab Balicas, alias Abrar, Abu Shuhada, Daniel Abu Utman and Jing Pagayao for lack of probable cause.

According to the resolution, the accused were members of Ansarol Khilafa Philippines, an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis)-like organization, which operates in the country together with the Maute Group.

The panel members assigned to the case are lawyers Armand Tirol and Jose Paolo Evangelista while the resolution was approved by City Prosecutor Nestor Ledesma.

As of Thursday, December 29, six of the 14 who were indicted are now in jail while three are in the National Capital Region. The remaining three are under the custody of the Davao City Police Office. (With reports from JCR)
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