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One of the accused in the Maguindanao massacre has asked a Quezon City court to let him stay longer in the hospital until the shrapnels from a recent bomb attack are all removed from his body.
Datu Anwar Ipi Ampatuan Jr. sought an extension of his confinement at the Philippine General Hospital while he is recovering from his injuries.
He said he suffers from continued paralysis as a result of metallic fragments still embedded in his body.
The accused filed his appeal on Monday through his counsel, Atty. Paris Real.
Ampatuan is a grandson of Andal Ampatuan Sr. He is among the 196 charged for the Nov. 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre which left 57 dead.
He was arrested on Mar. 25 at a Maguindanao hospital where he is being treated for blast injuries.
The accused was later flown to Manila upon orders of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes.
In his three-page motion, Ampatuan said not all of the metallic fragments from the bomb blast have been extracted from his body. He is under hospital arrest at the PGH in Manila.
"Worse, Datu Ipi has a still gaping wound as big as a fist on his back as a result of said bombing incident," the motion added.
According to the accused, he was told by a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology deputy warden that he is set to be transferred to the Quezon City Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa.
"Such advice is uncalled for and contrary to the orders of the court especially that Datu Ipi has not yet fully recovered from his serious injuries," the pleading added.