The Center for International Law and the Southeast Asia Media Defence Network , counsel for 15 victims of the Maguindanao massacre, stress that the recent dismissal of the rebellion charges against the Ampatuans have no impact on the 57 counts of pending multiple murder charges currently pending in Branch 221 of the Regional Trial Court. These charges of rebellion were tramped up by GMA as a form of a ruse to make people think that she was serious in running after theAmpatuans for the massacre. In truth and in fact ,as borne by our recent filing of a civil case against GMA, she was equallyto blame for the massacre.
We believe that no rebellion took place since rebellion requires the taking up of arms against tthe government . This could not have happened since the Ampatuans were loyal allies of the regime of GMA. It was, in other words, an impossible crime to begin with.
We continue to hope that the new year will result in a faster dispensation of justice for the victims of the massacre