THE Supreme Court approved the transfer of several police personnel tagged in the Maguindanao massacre incident to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

Court administrator Jose Midas Marquez granted the request to relocate some of the detained policemen, who are potential prosecution witnesses, to avoid of being exposed to physical harm or psychological pressure.

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The Department of Justice made the request in the wake of the killing and bribing of some prospective witnesses against the principal accused in the November 23, 2009 carnage in Ampatuan town.

Marquez, who has jurisdiction over all trial courts in the country, approved the request after the leadership of PNP interposed no objection to the transfer through a letter he received from Police Deputy Director General lawyer Jefferson Soriano

The PNP letter, signed by lawyer Jefferson Soriano, Police Deputy Director General for Administration, said that it does not give any objection to the transfer of detention of the accused cops involved in the case.

In a five page urgent motion last month, the prosecution led by Assistant Chief State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon requested Judge Solis-Reyes to order the transfer of the police officers from Camp Bagong Diwa to Camp Crame.

“There are compelling reasons for herein accused to be transferred back to the PNP Custodial Center to ensure their safety and security so that they can testify truthfully, free from any threat, undue influence and physical harm,” said Fadullon.

Among those sought to be transferred were Inspector Sukarno Dicay, SPO1 Eduardo Ong, PO3 Felix Enate, Jr., PO3 Anton Rasid, PO3 Abdulgani Abibudin, PO2 Saudi Pasutan, PO2 Nana Hamad, PO2 Saudiar Ulah, PO2 Hernani Saulong Decupido, Jr., PO1 Esmael Guialal, PO1 Abdullah Baguadatu, PO1 Esprielito Lejarso, PO1 Herich Amaba, and PO1 Michael Madsig.

The DOJ pointed out that SPO2 Badawi Bakal, one of the co-accused, asked that he be transferred to another facility away from the Ampatuan after receiving direct threat from the Ampatuans last April 18 at around 10 a.m. inside the Taguig jail.

In his earlier handwritten letter addressed to the Chief PNP, the detained policeman alleged that clan patriarch, Andal Sr., and his son, Andal Jr., told him to sign an affidavit clearing them in the carnage or his family would be killed.(JCV/Sunnex)