Woman judge accepts Ampatuan case

Judge Jocelyn Reyes declines security

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The multiple murder case against Datu Unsay, Maguindanao Mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr. was re-raffled off to Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Branch 221 Thursday afternoon.

Reyes accepted the case right away after Branch 84 presiding Judge Luisito Cortez turned it down due to fears for his and his family’s safety. The case was first raffled among the Quezon City lower court judges last Tuesday.

Reyes received the news while attending a Christmas party for court staff.

“Tinanggap niya kaagad. Sabi niya, ‘What I can only say is that it was raffled to my sala, and I am ready to take over the case,’ sabi niya,” deputy director-general Jefferson Soriano, Philippine National Police deputy chief for operations, said.

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