Thursday, June 15, 2017

Terror suspect bail plea reset

From the Mindanao Times (Jun 14): Terror suspect bail plea reset

THE REGIONAL Trial Court (RTC) yesterday reset the hearing for the bail petition filed by one of the suspects of the Sept. 2 Roxas night market bombing that killed 15 and injured 69 others.

RTC branch 33 Judge Lope Callo scheduled the hearing for respondent TJ Macabalang on June 23 at 8:30 a.m. for his multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder case.
The hearing yesterday was postponed due to the pending petition to transfer trial and transfer detention.

The accused was also charged for violation of Sec. 3 (terrorism) of Republic Act 9374 (Human Security Act).

The petition to transfer trial was filed by the Office of the City Prosecutor before the Department of Justice due to security reasons. Meanwhile, the petition to transfer the detention of the five alleged Maute members, including Macabalang, was due to the fact that Davao City risks attack while they are here.
Based on records, Macabalang, along with Wendel Apostol Facturan and Musali Mustapha, was arrested in a checkpoint in Cotabato City last Oct. 7, 2016.
The records also showed that there were 14 individuals indicted in connection to the deadly blast. However, the cases of the two suspects were dropped after they were placed under the Witness Protection Program.

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