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Ampatuan mayor’s lawyer wounded; survives ambush

The lawyer of Ampatuan Mayor Zacaria Sangki sustained injuries when armed men fired at his vehicle as it was cruising along Sinsuat Avenue here around 9:30 a.m. The lawyer, Richard Piteste, was with his driver and two soldier-escorts when two armed men fired at his Toyota Revo.

Mangudadatu to convene PPOC to discuss lifting of state of emergency

BULUAN, Maguindanao  (MindaNews/02 July) --  Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu will convene his Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) next week to discuss the...

Mangudadatu orders arrest of perpetrators of Ampatuan Massacre

Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu today ordered the police to “enforce the law” by arresting the perpetrators of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre “who are still hiding” in some towns in Maguindanao.

Ombudsman Mindanao ready with Ampatuan report this week

The Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao will submit to Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez this week its report on the lifestyle check it did on the government officials among the Ampatuans who are presently detained for the November 23, 2009 massacre in Maguindanao that left 58 persons dead, 32 of them from the media.

US ambassador hits killing of Ampatuan Massacre witness

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 June) – US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas today issued a statement condemning the murder of Suwaib Upham, a...

Witness in Ampatuan Massacre shot dead

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/24 June) -- A vital witness to the November 23 massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao that claimed the lives of 58...

New witness vs Ampatuans to surface soon — Mangudadatu

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 June) -- A new “explosive witness” to the infamous Maguindanao Massacre will come out in the open soon to nail the Ampatuan clan for their alleged involvement in the killings, according to Maguindanao governor-elect Esmael G. Mangudadatu.

Minus Ampatuans, Maguindanao celebrates ‘peaceful’ polls (2)

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao—In the province where the worst pre-election violence in Philippine history happened on Nov. 23, there was reason to celebrate when the worst-case scenarios on election day did not happen.

For security reasons, new Maguindanao gov to hold office in hometown (1)

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/20 June) -- Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu will take his oath of office as the new governor on June 30 and deliver his inaugural address in his hometown Buluan, 40 kilometers from the provincial capitol here.

New York-based media group to Aquino: probe Maguindanao massacre

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has asked President-elect Benigno Simeon Cojuango Aquino to “immediately launch a...

CDO journalists mark 6th month with concert, candle-lighting

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/24 May) --  Journalists here marked the sixth month of the Ampatuan Massacre with songs, candle-lighting and calls for vigilance...

UNTV leads Kidapawan commemoration of Ampatuan Massacre

KIDAPAWAN CITY  (MindaNews/23 May) – Reporters and cameramen of UNTV in North Cotabato  led the commemoration on Sunday of the sixth month since the...

Ampatuan patriarch is out but other massacre suspects and their wives win top posts

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 May) – The Ampatuan patriarch, Datu Andal Ampatuan, Sr., lost his bid to become vice governor of Maguindanao but ten...

Mangudadatu rides Simba to proclamation venue

By Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews SHARIFF AGUAK (MindaNews/14 May) -- Maguindanao- Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu , political opponent of the Ampatuan clan, arrived for his proclamation at...

UPDATED: Ampatuan Sr. loses to Mastura; Mangudadatu is new gov

proclaimed winners at 5:40 p.m. SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/14 May) -- Lakas-Kampi’s Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu and Ismael “Dustin” Mastura are the new governor and...

Ampatuan Sr., loses to Mastura; Mangudadatu leads Sinsuat by slim margin

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/14 May) -- Votes in 35 out of 36 towns in Maguindanao have been canvassed by the Provincial Board...

In 32 of 36 Maguindanao towns, it’s Mangudadatu for gov, Mastura for vice gov

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/13 May) -- Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu and Ismael “Dustin” Mastura continued their lead in the gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial race with...

UPDATED: In half of Maguindanao’s 36 towns, it’s Sinsuat for gov, Ampatuan Sr....

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 May) -- Datu Ombra Sinsuat and running mate Andal Ampatuan, Sr., are leading the gubernatorial race, followed by Lakas-Kampi’s Esmael...

Lakas-Kampi bets for gov, mayor complain of flying voters in Datu Unsay town

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/10 May) -- Lakas-Kampi’s candidate for governor, Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu and his mayoral bets in Shariff Aguak, Datu Saudi Ampatuan and...

“Confiscate Ampatuan property; give proceeds of sales to families of massacre victims”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 April) – A Paris-based media group that fights for press freedom and denounces violations of human rights has urged President Gloria...

Ampatuan mansion picketed; Rally cries justice for victims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 April 2010) -- No, they did not post a notice of eviction or forfeiture but for 43 minutes last Friday afternoon,...

POOLED EDITORIAL: Let Justice Be Done!

In memory of our slain colleagues and other victims of the Ampatuan Massacre of November 23, 2009, media workers of Davao City along with...

Presidential bets criticize DOJ ruling, too

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) –  Presidential aspirants have agreed on a common issue: they disagree with Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra’s order to dismiss...

No To Whitewash! Justice for the Victims of Ampatuan Massacre!

We rage again for another injustice as we remember the 5th month commemoration of the Ampatuan massacre. We advocates for justice and peace must...

NUJP Davao to Agra: Thank You Sir!

Thank you, Secretary Alberto Agra for confirming the truth that the Filipinos—thirsty for justice—can never expect anything from the Arroyo Administration. You just dignified the...

Ampatuan lawyer: it’s up to Judge to order the 2 Ampatuans’ release

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 April) – A lawyer of the Ampatuans said it’s up to the judge handling the massacre case to order the release...

Agra order issued Friday, not Saturday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 April) -- Manila-based newspapers and online publications say Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra “on Saturday” issued the order clearing Zaldy and...

NUJP calls for public outrage vs clearing of 2 Ampatuans in massacre

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 April) – “Forget justice. Forget law. Forget democracy,” the one-liner first paragraph of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines...

NUJP Statement on Agra's order to drop murder charges against Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan

Forget justice. Forget law. Forget democracy. Acting justice secretary Alberto Agra’s order to drop multiple murder charges against Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan is proof that...

Detained Ampatuans flown to Manila from GenSan, Davao to face murder charges

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 April) – After four months and ten days’ detention in a military hospital here, the Ampatuan patriarch; three of his sons...

Media in Ampatuan Massacre: 32 of 58

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 January) -- The number of media workers killed in Ampatuan, Maguindanao on November 23, is 32 with the addition of...

Pantojan wants Teodoro charged for rebellion, too

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) – The Davao City-based lead lawyer of the Ampatuans wants former Defense Secretary, now the ruling party’s Presidential bet, Gilbert Teodoro,...

Ampatuan Sr. marks first month in Army hospital for manageable ailments

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 January) – Datu Andal Ampatuan, Sr., has been staying in the seaside Camp Panacan Station Hospital of the Eastern Mindanao Command...

‘Culture of impunity’ blamed for Maguindanao massacre

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 November) – The country’s “unchecked culture of impunity” is the deeper reason behind Monday’s massacre in Maguindanao that claimed the lives...

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