The Court of Appeals (CA) has extended to July 25, 2011, the freeze order it had issued on the assets and banks accounts of the members of the Ampatuan clan, some of whom are allegedly primary suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre now on trial before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC).
In a resolution, the CA warned that government agencies and banking institutions that will not comply with the freeze order will be cited in contempt of court.
The appellate court said the extension of the freeze order stemmed from numerous pleadings filed, most of which seeks to lift the 20-day order that expired on June 26, 2011.
It said that “… for greater caution and to avoid confusion, and pending this court’s resolution of the numerous motions to lift freeze order, as well as its resolution on whether or not to extend the same for a period not exceeding six months, the effectivity of the freeze order is, in the meantime, extended up to 25 July 2011.”
On June 6, 2011, the CA issued a 20-freeze order covering several government agencies, banking institutions and other entities believed to have been used by the Ampatuan clan in amassing ill-gotten wealth amounting to more than P1 billion.
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