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More delays to massacre trial seen as Ampatuan Jr. seeks medical treatment.

The prosecution panel in the "Maguindanao Massacre" case did not object to the request of principal accused Andal Ampatuan, Jr. to undergo medical treatment in a government hospital but only as an out-patient.

In a four-page comment on the urgent motion for medical examination filed by Ampatuan through his legal counsel Salvador Panelo, the prosecution said it does not question the wisdom of the doctors' recommendation that the accused needs to undergo medical procedures or laboratory examinations conceding that he be allowed to undergo such tests.

In the same motion, the accused asked the court to hold in abeyance the continuation of his testimony until such time he is physically and mentally able.

The comment was filed before Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221.

The accused had asked the court to allow him to undergo treatment to a nearest government hospital since he is suffering intense pain in the head and chest for the past few days.

Attached to Ampatuan's motion were the medical certificates issued by Dr. Jade Jamias, gastro-enterologist of the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) on Nov. 2, 2015 and Dr. Jaime Claveria Jr., medical officer of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) on Nov. 3, 2015.

In their medical certificates, the two physicians recommended that the accused be brought to the hospital for in-patient care or be admitted to a medical institution with complete facility to undergo a series of medical procedures.

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Date:Nov 24, 2015
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