Police Officer Asks Court for Bail

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MANILA, Philippines - One of the police officers formerly considered as a state witness in the Maguindanao massacre before the state prosecutors withdrew the motion has asked a Quezon City court to allow him to post bail for his temporary liberty.In a petition for bail, Manuel Ramon delas Alas counsel for Inspector Michael Macaraeg said although his client is charged with an unbailable crime, the court can grant the police officer of bail as a matter of judicial discretion.Macaraeg was previously considered to be a state witness against the Ampatuan clain but state prosecutors handling the case withdrew motion for him to be admitted as a state witness.The police officer said he believes the evidence of guilt against him is weak; thus he is entitled to bail."The defense strongly believes that the evidence of guilt against accused Macaraeg is not strong or at the very least no evidence against him would stand in court," the accused added.Before the Nov. 23, 2009 massacre, Macaraeg said that he was in Manila inquiring about his requests to be assigned back to Metro Manila to be near his family.Macaraeg claimed that a day before the massacre he received a call from Maguindanao headquarters ordering him to report to his station or be considered absent without official leave (AWOL) and may lead to his being dropped from the rolls of the Philippine National Police (PNP). …