What a joke, someone suspected of killing so many people, can ask the court for what is called hospital arrest. Only in the Philippines.
A lawyer of murder suspect Rizaldy "Zaldy" Ampatuan on Thursday assured the public that their camp is not eyeing to secure a hospital arrest for the suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor.
"Wala naman iyang hospital arrest at hindi kami humihingi ng hospital arrest," lawyer Firdausi Abbas told GMA Network's morning news program "Unang Balita."
Ampatuan is currently confined at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City to undergo tests for his diabetes and heart problems.
In the same television interview, Abbas said they would submit to whatever recommendations the doctors would eventually come up with once the battery of tests on Ampatuan is completed.
"Lahat iyan ay nasa physician," he said.
Abbas said people opposed to the idea of placing Ampatuan under hospital arrest display "inhuman attitude."
In a separate interview on "Unang Balita," Maguidnanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu said there is nothing "inhuman" in their reaction to Ampatuan's confinement.
Mangudadatu appealed to Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, who is handling the massacre case, to make some clarifications on her order granting Ampatuan to have a medical checkup at the PHC as an outpatient.
"Linawin sana ng korte, four hours ba, ilang araw ba. Gusto lang namin linawin kasi baka maging simula ito ng pag-stay niya nang matagal at magkaroon ng hospital arrest," he said.
Mangudadatu said their camp would be planning on requesting the judge to order another government doctor to conduct fresh tests on Amputuan for a second opinion on the massacre suspect's condition.
The Maguindanao governor also reiterated the prosecution's challenge to Ampatuan's camp to have him [Zaldy] arraigned first before being allowed to stay in the hospital.
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