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One of the tragic outcomes of the shutdown of the Timawa community is the loss of the single most up-to-date and comprehensive record of the Ampatuan-Magundadatu massacre case. Maintained, faithfully, by Kat Aki. This thread has been created to honor this effort.


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(UPDATE) Buluan vice mayor's wife, media men beheaded | 11/23/2009 5:10 PM

MANILA - Bodies of 21 of the 30 beheaded kidnap victims, including the wife and relatives of Buluan town's vice mayor, were recovered by government troops in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao province Monday afternoon.

AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. confirmed to ANC that 13 female and 8 male bodies were found by members of the 601st Infrantry Brigade of the AFP around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Buluan vice mayor Esmael "Toto" Mangadadatu told ANC that his wife, Genalyn, his sister, and some relatives were on their way to file a certificate of candidacy on his behalf when a group of about 100 armed men abducted them.

Mangudadatu, who is running for governor of Maguindanao, said some media men who went to cover the event were also seized.

Mangudadatu believes the abduction was politically motivated. He told ANC that he sent his wife and female relatives to file his certificate of candidacy in the hope that his political rivals would spare them.

He said his wife called him at around 9:30 in the morning to say an armed group, supposedly of the Ampatuan clan, a political rival, flagged down their convoy.

He told ANC it was the Ampatuans who beheaded his wife, his sister, relatives, supporters and other civilians, after robbing them.

The Mangundadatu clan is known to have a long-running feud with the family of Maguindanao's incumbent governor Andal Ampatuan, who police say is known to control his own private army.

Brawner said there were about 100 gunmen, most of whom were militiamen deputised as government guards by Ampatuan's family.

Brawner said the leader of the militiamen who staged the kidnapping was one of Ampatuan's sons. Ampatuan was not immediately reachable for comment.

Revenge killings and clashes among rival political families are common in Maguindanao and other parts of Mindanao island, where unlicensed firearms proliferate and parts of which are lawless.

Islamic militants on Mindanao have also been waging a separatist rebellion for decades. - with AFP


Behind the Philippines' Maguindanao Massacre
By Alastair McIndoe    Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
Bullit Marquez / AP
Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. holds his detainee number while being photographed inside his detention cell at the National Bureau of Investigation,8599,1943191,00.html

Even for a country long hardened to election violence, the massacre of at least 57 defenseless civilians on the main southern island of Mindanao, many of them relatives and supporters of a local politician and a large group of journalists, sets a new low. This troubled corner of the Philippines usually makes headlines for its long-running Muslim separatist rebellion. But the killings starkly exposed a nationwide malaise: the fierce competition for regional power among the country's small élite of a few hundred families and clans that control an inordinate amount of the national wealth — and the desperate lengths some will go to protect their hold on power.

The prime suspect behind the massacre, who was taken into custody on Thursday, is a member of one of Mindanao's leading Muslim political clans: the Ampatuans. They are close allies of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's administration in Manila and rule Maguindanao, a hardscrabble province in an autonomous area for Muslims. Andal Ampatuan Jr., a Maguindanao mayor in his 40s, was expected to be charged with murder, according to local reports, quoting justice authorities. Ampatuan denies involvement: "The reason I came out is to prove that I am not hiding and that I am not guilty," he told local reporters.

(See pictures of the deadly massacre in the Philippines.)
On Monday, on a highway cutting through a banana grove, a large force of gunmen — reports say around 100 — intercepted the convoy of family members and supporters of Buluan vice-mayor Esmael Mangudadatu, also from a prominent local Muslim clan. They were on their way to the provincial capital to file his candidacy papers for Maguindanao's governorship in next year's general elections. It's a position that Ampatuan's father had occupied unopposed since 2001 and which Ampatuan planned to contest to keep the seat in the family. The Mangudadatu group was herded to what appears to have been a prepared killing ground in a hilly area a few kilometers from the highway. Television footage showed bullet-ridden bodies sprawled around the vehicles; others had been thrown into a mass grave and covered with earth. There are signs that the killing was done at point-blank range, using high-powered firearms. A mechanical digger at the site was used to bury some of the bodies and vehicles. It is presumed everyone in the group died.

In interviews with local media, Mangudadatu told of death threats over his challenge for the governorship, and has publicly accused Ampatuan. He did not join the convoy, but filled it with female relatives, including his wife and two sisters, and supporters, as well as a large group of journalists to cover his candidacy. "Among the conventions that govern clan and political-related violence in the region is that women, children and the elderly are off-limits as targets," wrote Manuel Quezon III, a prominent political commentator, on his website. Besides those connected to the Mangudadatus, 27 local journalists were among the dead. The victims also included two lawyers and 15 people entirely unconnected with Mangudadatu: they were in two vehicles a short distance from the convoy and taken along with the others for execution. Mangudadatu has said he received a mobile-phone call from his wife Genalyn shortly after the group was stopped; she identified the gunmen as "Ampatuan's men." According to media reports — so far unconfirmed by the authorities — some women were raped and bodies were beheaded and mutilated with chainsaws.

Ampatuan family 'plotted Philippines massacre'
8 September 2010

A powerful family accused of being behind the worst political massacre in the Philippines plotted the killings over dinner, a court has heard.

The witness, a former house servant, said the family had discussed killing their political rivals six days before the ambush in which 57 people died.

He quoted key suspect Andal Ampatuan Jnr as saying "just kill them all".

Lakmudin Saliao took the stand on the first day of the trial nearly 10 months after the massacre.

The dead included many female members of a rival political family, the Mangudadatus, as well as 30 reporters travelling with them.

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Five other members of the Ampatuan family - including the patriarch Andal Ampatuan Snr - are among 196 people facing charges related to the massacre.

Lakmudin Saliao, 33, said he had worked for the Ampatuan family for more than 20 years.
He told the court that Andal Ampatuan Snr had asked his children over dinner how to stop Esmael Mangudadatu from filing his candidacy papers for provincial governor.

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The 57 bodies were found in a mass grave last November in a remote mountainous area of Maguindanao, a province on the southern island of Mindanao.


Andal Ampatuan Sr. is dead / 12:00 AM July 18, 2015

Andal Ampatuan Sr. passed away on Friday night, the family lawyer Ferdinand Topacio said in a statement.

“It is with deep sadness that I announce to the public that former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. has passed away a few minutes ago,” Topacio said.

“Details of his death are still sketchy. What is confirmed is that his mortal remains will be treated in accordance with Islamic customs,” he added.

“The family requests the media and the public in general for privacy and respect in this time of bereavement.”

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Ampatuan massacre case ‘almost done’ after 8 years – lawyer

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — After eight years, the families of the slain victims of the infamous Ampatuan massacre would be able to see a flicker of hope as a resolution of the case is at hand, a lone private prosecutor said on Friday.

Atty. Nena Santos told this reporter that the case is “almost done” because the hearing of the 112 suspects who were arraigned since 2009 is starting to wrap up.

“So after the presentation of evidence of the last five or 10 accused then wrap up na. The judge can resolve the case for all accused,” she said.

To speed up the issuance of the resolution of the cases, Santos said they ensure that witnesses are presented before the court every week.

The presentation of the defense is scheduled on November 22 and 23, and on December 6, 7, 13, and 14, respectively.

Since the case was filed in 2009, Santos said there were 115 arrested out of the 196 accused. Out of the 115, three became state witnesses, while four died during the case proceedings, including the Ampatuan patriarch, Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr.

Only 3 major matters on Maguindanao massacre trial left for resolution
ByPTV NewsPosted on November 22, 2017
MANILA — Only three major matters have yet to be resolved in relation to the Maguindanao massacre case trial, the Supreme Court (SC) said Wednesday.

In its latest update, the SC Public Information Office (PIO) said these are the resolution of the remaining formal offer of evidence (FOE) of the evidence-in-chief, demurrers to evidence, and the termination of the presentation of defense evidence in connection with the murder charges filed against 103 accused, which are now on trial before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC RTC) Branch 221.

“As soon as the accused have rested their presentation of evidence, their respective cases may already be submitted for the decision of the Court,” the high court said.

Under the guidelines issued by the SC specifically applying to these cases only, the court may render judgment separately and not wait for all the accused to conclude presenting their evidence.

The murder cases, which account for 58 victims (out of the 58 victims, 32 were media practitioners), originally involved 197 accused (15 surnamed Ampatuans), with 115 already arrested (the latest being Jonathan Engid who was arrested last Feb. 28).

Four of the accused, including Andal Ampatuan Sr., died while in detention while four of the accused who submitted their demurrer to evidence were acquitted by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221. Hence, from those arraigned, only 103 accused remain on trial.

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“The prosecution has already finished the presentation of evidence in the main cases against all of the accused, save for Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr.

Considering that the bail proceedings against him was already terminated, the Court is now awaiting for the Manifestation to be filed by the prosecution with respect to their Formal Offer of Evidence insofar as accused Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. is concerned,” it added.

Earlier, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has expressed his commitment to speed up the “wheels of justice” for the victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

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Fall out from the massacre

--- Quote from: adroth on December 18, 2017, 06:11:03 PM ---CA indicts 4 Armscor officials over illegal sale of ammunition
07:01 AM December 18, 2017

The Court of Appeals has approved the criminal indictment of four gun company executives for allegedly selling one million bullets that were later used in the infamous Maguindanao massacre in 2009.

The appeals court’s Special 17th Division dismissed for lack of merit the petition for certiorari filed by Victor Karunungan, Eduardo Santos, Lyn Demartin Justo and Melva Valdez Libao, all executives of the local gunmaker Arms Corporation of the Philippines (Armscor).

The court sustained the Department of Justice’s May 13, 2011, resolution to charge the four executives for the unlawful sale of ammunition under Pre-sidential Decree No. 1866.

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The four were charged after the police discovered that the ammunition used in the Maguindanao massacre on Nov. 23, 2009, that killed 58 people came from Armscor

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