Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II mentioned that Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City is ill-equipped to detain captured members of the Maute terrorist group.
“Camp Evangelista does not have proper detention facilities to accommodate apprehended members of the Maute Group,” Aguirre knowledgeable the Supeme Court (SC) in a letter asking that the arrested terrorists be moved to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
“The Armed Force of the Philippines does not have adequate training to provide proper jail management and funds for food and other provisions,” he added.
In his letter, Aguirre additionally requested the SC to designate the Taguig regional trial courtroom (RTC) to strive the terrorists as a substitute of the Cagayan de Oro City RTC.
“Members of the Judiciary and National Prosecution Service fear for their safety in the conduct of inquest, preliminary investigation and trial of the case involving the Maute Group,” he lamented.
Aguirre, who additionally visited Cagayan de Oro City on June 12, mentioned the Hall of Justice there was gutted by fireplace in January 2015 and, due to this, the courts have been moved to the City Tourism Hall.
“The modest office space of the City Tourism Hall cannot accommodate the influx of detainees to be arraigned or to undergo preliminary investigation or trial. Moreover, the facility is not secured enough to be a venue of a high profile, very dangerous group of individual,” he mentioned.