50 more suspects indicted for Ampatuan massacre

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 January) – Fifty individuals have been included as suspects in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre for their alleged participation in the planning and execution of what is considered the bloodiest political violence in recent history.

Forty-three complainants along with witnesses said the suspects were involved either in the planning, execution, or covering up of the bloodbath.

Assisted by private prosecutor Nena Santos, the complainants and witnesses took their oaths before Maguindanao Provincial Prosecutor Tocod Ronda at the provincial governor’s office conference room on Tuesday to signify the veracity of their additional manifestation.

It is said to be “the final wave” of the prosecution’s undertaking in the massacre trial which Ronda will immediately relay to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

The 50 additional suspects were identified as:

  1. Cotabato City Administrator Atty. Cynthia Guiani Sayadi
  2. Jack Ampatuan Lumenda
  3. Sukarto “Manguten/Teng” Singh
  4. Inspector Mariga of the Maguindanao police
  5. Samer “Mama” Uy
  6. Samsudin Ampatuan
  7. Kage Ali Midtimbang
  8. Kage Melo Lumenda
  9. Farid Adas
  10. Nanun Ampatuan
  11. Benzar Ampatuan
  12. Pandag Ampatuan
  13. Amerah Ampatuan Mamalapat
  14. Rebecca Ampatuan
  15. Reshal Santiago Ampatuan
  16. Dali “Kumander Boy” Kamendan
  17. Sahara Upam Ampatuan
  18. Rowel Santiago
  19. Kempar Silongan
  20. Kamsa “Kudta” Salik
  21. Sangutin Musa
  22. Daud “Kumander Kwatro” Kamendan
  23. Digo Mamalapat
  24. Monir Asim Sr.
  25. Monng Ampatuan Asim
  26. Harris Ampatuan Macapendeg
  27. Kuka Ebos
  28. Mautin Upam
  29. Tamano “Barakuda” Sabpa
  30. Borgo “Rey” Kasan
  31. Salahudin “Tho” Uday
  32. Hashim “Mistro” Esmael
  33. Joel Tatak
  34. Rene Upam
  35. Kaking Inggo,
  36. a certain policeman Biton
  37. Allandatu Angas
  38. Roger Mamalo
  39. Jainodin “Zainodin” Abutazil
  40. Manak Malaguial
  41. Kabili Sumagkang
  42. Ben Carandang
  43. Kage Sabog
  44. Abusama Simpal
  45. Kamad Ampatuan
  46. Faizal Ampatuan
  47. Kudzbari L. Ampatuan
  48. Kumander Ukay Simpal
  49. several other John Does
  50. several other Jane Does

The complaint sheet read: “In the course of the Ampatuan, Maguindanao massacre case, the witnesses presented in court have testified that several other persons who were not charged were involved in the planning, execution, and cover-up of what is known as the worst election-related case in the Philippines.”

It added, “To attain full justice, we, the heirs of the Ampatuan, Maguindanao massacre victims file the multiple murder case against the (mentioned) persons who participated in the gruesome commission of the crime,” the complainants said in their manifestation.

But Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, whose wife and other family members died in the massacre, expressed concern about the security of the remaining witnesses, noting that many witnesses have been killed or threatened.

He cited the case of former Datu Salibo town mayor Akmad Ampatuan who survived an ambush a few weeks ago. Armed men also reportedly went to his house and that of his son in Shariff Aguak town to harass them.

Akmad Ampatuan, along with two companions who are also witnesses, was also ambushed last Nov. 18. Denix Sakal, said to be a close aide of detained Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr. was killed in the attack. Sukarno “Butch” Saudagal was wounded.

“Akmad’s statement is the complete picture of all the previous statement of witnesses. There are new revelations that told the untold versions during the carnage and the background of accused Ampatuans,” Mangudadatu said.

Akmad, a close relative and trusted man of Andal Ampatuan Sr., turned his back against his former boss after he decided to become a prosecution witness.

Mangudadatu is also concerned that some of the private armed groups, which harassed massacre witnesses such as Akmad Ampatuan, have allied with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

But the BIFF denied the allegation saying they could not accept as members men like those involved in the massacre, unless they fully submit to or practice Islam in good faith.

Meanwhile, Cotabato City Administrator Atty. Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, one of the 50 new suspects, said the case against her is “politically motivated” because of her plan to run for Congress in 2016.

Sayadi, former ARMM solicitor general, denied in a press briefing on Friday that she had a hand in the massacre.

She dared her accusers, especially the Muslims, to swear on the Qur’an before testifying against her. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera/MindaNews)