DOJ Chief: SC granted transfer of Mamasapano cases to Taguig

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Forty-four members of the Philippine National Police's Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) were killed in an encounter with Moro rebels in the town of Mamasapano in Maguindanao.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 21) — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara on Thursday said the Supreme Court recently granted their plea to transfer the Mamasapano cases to Taguig.

"Because of the possible security issues, we requested or asked the Supreme Court that the venue for the trial of those cases be transferred to Metro Manila. The Supreme Court recently granted that petition," Menardo told CNN Philippines' The Source.

Guevarra said the cases will be tried before the Regional Trial Court in Taguig.

Forty-four members of the Philippine National Police's Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) were killed in an encounter with Moro rebels in the town of Mamasapano in Maguindanao, despite an ongoing ceasefire with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

At least 18 rebels and five civilians were also killed in the botched operation.

The combined military-police team were on a mission to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias "Marwan."