De Lima: SC decision on massacre trial 'not a good move'

Posted at 11/12/12 1:59 PM

MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila De Lima disagrees with the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) reversing its earlier decision that allowed the live media broadcast of the Maguindanao massacre trial.

In a 7-page notice released to the public on Monday, the high court granted accused Andal Ampatuan, Jr.'s motion for reconsideration (MR) that sought the barring of the live media broadcast.

The high court, however, allowed the live-streaming of the proceedings in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, and in Maguindanao, Koronadal, South Cotabato, and General Santos City.

De Lima said the reversal was "not a good move." She will confer with state prosecutors handling the trial as to what legal remedies may be availed of for a reinstatement of the June 14, 2011 earlier ruling that granted the live broadcast.

"Para sa akin, hindi maganda yun, with due respect to the Supreme Court... Remember, this is the trial of the century. I personally feel that it's not a good move, not a good development," De Lima said.

She noted that the live broadcast of the proceedings will also be a way of ensuring that the trial remains in the consciousness of the public.