Satur Ocampo to be tried for Leyte mass grave, SC rules

Posted at 02/11/14 2:05 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) – The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled that former Bayan Muna Congressman Satur Ocampo and several others will be tried for multiple murder following the discovery of the Leyte mass grave in 2006.

The 15 counts of multiple murder will be tried before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC).

The SC said Ocampo and the others were accorded due process and they cannot invoke the "political offense doctrine.”

The military claimed to have discovered a mass grave in Leyte of former leftist rebels killed on suspicion of being government agents.

In 2007, warrants of arrests were issued against Ocampo, Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Ma. Sison, and several others for multiple murder.

Ocampo has denied the accusation, calling the mass grave "fake." He claims then military chief Hermogenes Esperon recycled skeletons for the mass grave.

Ocampo served for three terms as representative of Bayan Muna.

He is a former leader of the National Democratic Front (NDF), an underground alliance of Communist rebels. -- with a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News