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MANILA, Philippines - The former provincial police director of Maguindanao will be arraigned Wednesday next week on 57 counts of murder for his alleged involvement in the November 23, 2009, Ampatuan massacre.
Superintendent Abusama Maguid will be asked to enter a plea when he appears before Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City at 9 a.m. on August 22.
Maguid has mounted a bid to defer the arraignment, questioning the finding of probable cause against him.
Although the massacre claimed 58 lives, including 32 media workers, only 57 counts of murder have been filed against the 196 accused because the body of photojournalist Reynaldo Momay has yet to be found.
Only Momay's dentures were found at the massacre site.