Jocelyn Solis-Reyes

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Jocelyn Solis-Reyes is a Philippine judge and a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas. She is known for officiating the trial of Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. who allegedly orchestrated the killing of 57 people, in an incident popularly referred to as the Ampatuan Massacre or Maguindanao Massacre.

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Career

Solis-Reyes served as a public attorney from 1992 to 1995 and became a prosecutor from 1995 to 2005. Her Supreme Court records show that she was a Metropolitan Trial Court judge from May 2001 until she was reassigned to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court on 28 December 2004.

Ampatuan trial

Solis-Reyes was appointed as the judge to handle the Ampatuan case after Judge Luisitio Cortez refused to take it, fearing for his life and the life of his family in a case involving a very powerful and notorious political clan. Solis-Reyes declined police protection, saying that she saw it as just another case. Despite this, Philippine National Police deputy director general Jefferson Soriano said they would be ensuring her safety through “shadow security.”

During the trial, defense attorney Philip Sigfrid Fortun accused her of being biased against his client and asked that she remove herself from the case. She was accused of “ineptness” and “misconduct” with regard with the rules of evidence followed in court.

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