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‘Maguindanao’ suspect asks for hospitalization

An accused in the Maguindanao massacre case who earlier testified against some of his co-accused has sought hospitalization.

In a two-page motion, Inspector Michael Joy Macaraeg, through his lawyer Aristotle Fayre, asked the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes to allow him to be brought outside his detention facility for medical examination.

Macaraeg, who is detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City, said he is suffering from aches in his lower left abdomen and that the medication given to him was ineffective.

“Considering that the facility of which accused is presently detained lacks or unequipped with proper medical equipment or facility, there is a need for urgent medical check-up outside the nearest government hospital where medical facilities is complete,” Fayre said.

Fayre also asked Solis-Reyes to allow his client to be confined at the hospital if the need arises.

Acting on the motion, Solis-Reyes ordered the physician of the PNP Custodial Center to immediately conduct a medical examination on Macaraeg.

The physician was also asked to submit a certification as to the necessity of transferring the said accused to the nearest government hospital.

Macaraeg earlier testified against his co-accused but reports said the prosecution panel later decided not to pursue his bid to become a state witness.

The court, however, allowed him to remain in Camp Crame instead of being transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa where most of the accused are detained as the latter may have developed a feeling of animosity against him due to his testimony.