On Nov. 23, 2009, a convoy composed ofrelatives, supporters, and media were on their way to file Mangudadatu’scertificate of candidacy for the 2010 elections when they were stopped by armedmen, driven to a hill, shot, and buried in shallow pits. “In the case of Judge JocelynSolis-Reyes…we allowed her to have an extension of one month but as I saidmotions for extension are the exception rather than the rule and we understandher plight and I hope that she will no longer ask for another extension so thatbefore the end of the year those cases will finally be decided,” Peralta said. In this case, it has been submitted fordecision last Aug. 22 giving Solis-Reyes supposedly until last Nov. 20 to come up with the verdict on the culpritsof the massacre. Fifty-eight people, including 32journalists and six motorists who were not part of the convoy, were killed inwhat is the worst case of election-related violence in Philippine history./PN Then Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu looks at mug shots of suspects during a press conference at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Nov. 19, 2012. AP According to Peralta, the high court hasgranted the request of QC RTC Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes for more time to comeup with a decision as the SC considered the huge volume of evidence and partiesin the case. “I am frustrated of what happened to thevictims but I think Judge Reyes did her best in order to give justice to thevictims and also in order to afford the accused the required due process of lawunder the constitution,” Peralta added. According to Peralta, all trial courtsshould promulgate their decision within the 90-day period after the case hasbeen submitted for decision as stated in the existing Constitution. MANILA – The Quezon City Regional TrialCourt (QC RTC) is expected to release its verdict on the Maguindanao Massacrecase by December 20, Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said.
A local government employee has died from COVID-19.The Riviera Beach staff member has not been identified, but City Manager Jonathan Evans confirmed that six to eight other employees have self-quarantined as a result of their colleague’s death.“To the victim’s family and the individuals who work in the organization, it is a horrific day for the City of Riviera Beach. We are certainly doing everything we can to protect the safety and the welfare of our employees and the public,” Evans told our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5. “This is serious and it happened right here at home for us all. It is a painful reminder that we have to listen, and we are going to have to make some tough decision to be able to get through this for better days here in our community.”The city has established a hotline for employees who feel they are developing symptoms.Officials are still investigating whether or not the victim contracted the virus during travel or through direct contact with someone in the community.“The individual had previous health-related issues that certainly, probably exacerbated the issues associated with COVID-19,” added Evans.Completely Remote City Operations https://t.co/vwi9AwrqT4— City of Riviera Beach, FL. (@Rivierabch) April 1, 2020 As a result of the employee death, Evans is asking all departments to go “full-remote” by April 6. The city’s Fire-Rescue, Police and Utilities departments would be exempt from the full-remote order.