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Be patient, Malacañang tells Maguindanao massacre victims’ kin 10/24/2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Be patient, Malacañang tells Maguindanao massacre victims’ kin

10/24/2010
As the infamous Maguindanao massacre is about to commemorate its first anniversary next month, Malacañang has continued with its appeal to the families of the victims who are reportedly getting hopeless given the slow justice proceedings in the case to remain patient.

Speaking from a lawyer’s point of view, deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte yesterday steered clear of giving false hopes to the victims’ relatives, explaining that delays should always be expected, especially in dealing with a case as complex as the Maguindanao murders.

Valte said resolutions to high-profile cases like this often depend on the judge who takes charge of the trial how he would manage the factors involved in the matter to be able to strike a balance between the demands of both the prosecution and defense panels.

“What we need to understand here is that we are considering many factors. We cannot just fast-track a case if it would violate the rights of one party because both the accused and the victims are entitled of their specific rights. So it’s really more of trying to balance vis-à-vis the progress of the case,” Valte explained..... MORE

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