Ampatuan Massacre

Ampatuan Massacre

Ampatuan Massacre update: Sajid out on bail  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 March) --   Sajid Islam Uy Ampatuan, the youngest son of Andal Ampatuan, Sr. and one of his co-accused in the 2009...

Ampatuan Massacre update: Mangudadatu, NUJP fear for backhoe driver’s transfer to Bicutan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 August) –  Maguindanao Govenor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu fears for the life of the backhoe driver who buried the victims of the...

“Seeing you here has made us a lot stronger” says daughter of lawyer-victim in...

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/ 24 Nov) -- Relatives of a slain human rights lawyer who was among those massacred three years ago in Ampatuan, Maguindanao...
BIGGER, BETTER. The tall gates conceal the mansion in Juna Subdivision, Davao City, that is owned by Andal Ampatuan Sr. PCIJ Photo

Andal Ampatuan, Jr., sells 8 big properties; 72 Ampatuans running in 2013

By Ed Lingao Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism First of Two Parts ON JUNE 6, 2011, a year and a half after the Maguindanao Massacre claimed the...
SOLD. Andal Ampatuan Jr. sold this house on Kasuy Street in Juna Subdivision, Davao City, to his lawyer, Arnel C. Manaloto, in May 2011.

Young lawyer, big assets

By Ed Lingao Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism ARNEL CORTEZ MANALOTO, the lawyer of Andal Ampatuan Jr. who purchased eight of his properties in Davao...

Another suspect in Ampatuan Massacre falls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 02 November)– A former town councilor in Datu Unsay, Maguindanao who was allegedly involved in the gruesome Ampatuan Massacre has...

Mother of Ampatuan Massacre victim harassed anew

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – The mother of one of the journalist victims in the Ampatuan Massacre has reported that...

Families of media victims seek UN support

NEW YORK (MindaNews/09 September) -- The families of the media victims in the Nov. 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre in Maguindanao province have asked the...

1,000 days after the Ampatuan Massacre, justice remains elusive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 August) – A thousand days and still no justice. Journalists and relatives of victims of the November 23, 2009 massacre of 58...

Media group to DOJ: prosecute Unas for Ampatuan massacre

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/31 July) – The Department of Justice should reject the deal it made with a supposed star witness in the electoral sabotage...

Gabriela slams Aquino over slow Ampatuan massacre trial

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/7 July)—Militant women’s party-list group Gabriela today hit the Aquino administration’s apparent sluggish effort to serve justice to the victims of the Ampatuan...

100 suspects in Ampatuan massacre remain free

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 May)—One hundred suspects in the gruesome massacre in the town of Ampatuan, Maguindanao that shocked the nation two years ago have...

Ampatuan massacre, other cases ‘gathering dust’ at ASEAN rights commission

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (MindaNews/30 March) – Human rights cases filed before the two-year old human rights body of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

Another Ampatuan in 2009 massacre falls

COTABATO C ITY (MindaNews/26 March) – Another Ampatuan falls. After two years in hiding,  Anwar “Datu Ipi” Ampatuan,  Jr., 23-year old grandson of former Maguindanao...

Murder case finally filed, 28 months after the massacre

MANILA (MindaNews/24 March) -- The Department of Justice finally began its preliminary investigation into the  murder of  news photographer Reynaldo “Bebot” Momay, the 32nd ...

Ampatuan patriarch’s military hospital stay: the third time around

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 March) – Andal Ampatuan, Sr’s  confinement in a military hospital  in Quezon City since Friday is the third hospital stay for...

Police suspect in Ampatuan Massacre returns home in a box

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 February) --- A policeman-suspect in the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao who jumped from the rooftop of the detention...

Another suspect in 2009 Ampatuan Mssacre falls

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/15 Dec) --  One of the 196 persons accused in the Ampatuan Massacre of November 23, 2009 was arrested inside a government...

Money, mansions, cars, guns of Ampatuans still on hold

JUST in the nick of time, a Manila trial court on Friday issued a new 20-day freeze order (also called provisional asset preservation order or PAPO) on over 200 bank accounts, 144 real estate properties, 110 high-caliber firearms, and 77 top-line motor vehicles of 30 Ampatuan clan members and their associates.

An anarchy of mansions

FORMER Maguindanao Governor Andal Salibo Ampatuan Sr. is, as far as his statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) are concerned, a simple...

In banks we trust? So did Ampatuans

UNLESS THE Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) moves faster than usual, the clan implicated in the Nov. 23, 2009 Maguindanao Massacre might soon retake control of what by all accounts is a scandalously vast estate of money and mansions, and wheels and weapons it had acquired while governing over a dirt-poor province.

Media, campus press, LGU call for justice for Ampatuan Massacre victims

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay (MindaNews/24 November) --  Members of the Zamboanga Sibugay Media Club (ZSMC) and campus journalists in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay gathered at the...

CDO, Malaybalay mark 2nd anniversary of Ampatuan Massacre

Some 2,000 students, journalists, priests, ulama, nuns and soldiers marched in Cagayan de Oro City to commemorate the second anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre,...

Zambo media wary over Zaldy Ampatuan’s offer to turn state witness

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/23 November) – Journalists here have expressed concern over the move of “one of the pinpointed planners” of the Maguindanao massacre to...

Daughter of slain photographer still looking for Pa’s remains

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/23 November) -- None of the items recovered from the massacre site in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao belonged to the missing photographer...

Kin of slain media workers to visit Ampatuan massacre site

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/18 Nov) – Families of the media workers slain in the gruesome Maguindanao carnage will visit the massacre site in Ampatuan town...
Steel frames, grills and solar-powered lamps are being installed at the site of the Ampatuan Massacre when reporters visited the area Nov. 5. Last year, a "multi-purpose hall" made of coco lumber and GI sheets were constructed on the same site for the first anniversary rites. But by September 2011, less than half of the GI sheets were left. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano

At the Ampatuan Massacre site: gravesites fenced off

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/07 Nov) – Families and friends who will visit the site of the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre for the second anniversary...

2 Ampatuan Massacre suspects ‘wrongfully arrested’ – lawyer

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 Sept) – Two more residents of Sarangani province who are currently detained in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City...
OFF DUTY. Laarni Sabang wife of PO1 Sandy Sabang of Datu Unsay Municipal Police Station says her husband, detailed as security escort to Bai Laila Uy Ampatuan, mother of then Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr., says he was off duty on November 23, 2009 and was with her in Talayan town to get lumber for the house they were planning to build. Sabang is a member of 1123 Advocates, an organization of families of policemen who allegedly were not involved in the massacre and who are demanding a "separate and speedy" trial for them. . MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano

Families of policemen implicated in Ampatuan Massacre appeal for justice

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/03 September) –  Fifty-eight persons were killed in the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao but families of  30 policemen who...

Victims’ kin object to Zaldy’s plan to turn state witness

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 July) -- Relatives of the 58 victims of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre are objecting to the plan of Zaldy Ampatuan, suspended governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and one of the principal accused, to turn state witness. Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, who lost 23 relatives, including his wife and two sisters, said Zaldy’s claims he had nothing to do with the massacre are contrary to what the witnesses said. Besides, he added, if he was innocent, it’s been 19 months since the massacre. “Bakit ngayon pa siya nakonsyensa?” (Why is he conscience-stricken only now?), he told MindaNews.

Lawyer says SC guidelines on live coverage of Ampatuan Massacre trial repressive

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews) – Malacanang as well as groups monitoring the Ampatuan Massacre trial may have expressed appreciation of the Supreme Court decision allowing...

Ampatuan massacre: The little victories

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 June) – In May, the 18th month since a convoy of journalists and relatives of a candidate for governor in...

Ampatuan patriarch arraigned June 1

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) -- Eighteen months after the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre, former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr., will finally be arraigned...

18 months after Ampatuan Massacre, justice is nowhere in sight

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 May) --  Eighteen months after the November 23, 2009 massacre of 58 persons, 32 of them media workers, in Ampatuan, Maguindanao,...

Skeletal remains of chainsaw victims, arms cache exhumed in Maguindanao

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/9 May) – Two bodies of alleged victims of chainsaw killings by the Ampatuan clan and a cache of high-powered firearms...

Sarangani PNP: No evidence yet vs alleged massacre suspect

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/2 March) – Police officials in Sarangani Province admitted Wednesday that they don’t have any evidence yet that could establish the...

Daughter in Ampatuan Massacre case bares P3-M ‘bribe offer’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 February)— A daughter of one of the victims of the grisly massacre in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao in...

Justice Secretary de Lima visits Maguindanao to look into “chainsaw killings”

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/20 February) --  Justice Secretary Leila de Lima arrived here Saturday following the exhumation of skeletal remains of  suspected victims of...

Another suspect in Maguindanao massacre falls

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/16 Feb)---Another suspect in the grisly massacre of 58 persons including 32 from the media,  on November 23, 2009 in Ampatuan town...

SC notes GenSan’s endorsement re live media coverage of Ampatuan Massacre trial

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 February) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has “resolvd to note” the city government’s earlier endorsement of a petition seeking live...

Massacre victims’ families hail CA decision, urge arraignment of Ampatuan Sr.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/2 Feb) – Families of journalists killed in the infamous massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao hailed Wednesday the Court of Appeals decision...

Mayor Reshal Ampatuan’s security escorts disarmed

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/17 January) – Police and Army personnel confiscated eight high-powered firearms from the security escorts of Mayor Reshal Ampatuan on Thursday...

Engr. Ampatuan: “Please end mindset that any Ampatuan is bad”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 January) --  A member of the Ampatuan clan has appealed to the public to spare clan members who are not involved...

Plunder charges filed vs Ampatuans; Ampatuans not involved in massacre decry inclusion as respondents

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 January) – Relatives of  some of the victims of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre filed on Friday charges of plunder,...

Bishop, 300 others bike to massacre site, sign covenant on Spaces for Peace

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/30 November) - Bishop Colin Bagaforo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato  led some 300 bikers and motorcycle riders Monday, in a visit...

Whatever happened to the "freeze the assets of the Ampatuans" order under GMA, the...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 November) --  Whatever happened to the promises made by government officials immediately after the massacre of 58 persons in Ampatuan, Maguindanao...

State of emergency in Maguindanao to be lifted after December

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 November) - The provincial government of Maguindanao has recommended the lifting of the  year-long state of emergency over Maguindanao but it...

All is quiet now on the street where the Ampatuans used to live

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 November) --  The neighbors have gotten used to the silence. The armed men are gone and ice drop peddlers now pass...

Outcome of Ampatuan Massacre case seen as crucial to ending impunity

MANILA (MindaNews/26 November)---Failure to resolve the Ampatuan Massacre and deliver justice to the victims will worsen the culture of impunity that has come to...

Maguindanao one year ago: Day Four

Before daybreak, without warning, government forces as planned took over and occupied the ARMM facilities in Cotabato City including other buildings and premises in Maguindanao province. Armed elements loyal to the Ampatuans were taken by surprise and gave up their firearms without resistance.

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