He said the Ampatuan clan planned the massacre over dinner on Nov.
Metro Manila CNN Philippines, August 21 — The suspect to a gruesome massacre that left 58 people dead in was allowed temporary release to attend a family event.
Zaldy Uy Ampatuan, former governor of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and one of the main suspects to the Maguindanao Massacre nine years ago, was able to attend the wedding of his daughter Tuesday night. The celebration was held in Sofitel, a 5-star luxury hotel in Manila.
Solda said that Ampatuan returned to his cell before 7 p. Tawi-Tawi representative Ruby Sahali shared a photo of Ampatuan at the event on her Facebook account, however, she took it down hours later. Zaldy Ampatuan, with his father, the late Andal Ampatuan, Sr.
It was also known as the Ampatuan massacre after the town where the corpses of the victims were found, shallowly buried. The victims included members of the Mangudadatu family — a rival political family of the Ampatuans, 32 journalists, and some civilians. Ampatuan is accused of is of such a heinous nature that the shock and outrage it stirred around the world forced then President Gloria Arroyo to move against the powerful clan that was among her staunchest allies.
Where were the state prosecutors in all this?
Did they contest the petition? Perhaps, more importantly, did they even inform the families of the victims and other parties to the case?
Mangudadatu was running for governor against Andal Ampatuan, Jr. The massacre has led former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to declare a state of martial law in Maguindanao from December 4 to 13, The cases against the Ampatuan family are still pending in court.7 days ago · MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is confident that the principal suspect in the Maguindanao massacre of 58 persons, including 32 journalists, will be convicted early next year.
Nov 24, · The massacre, which shocked the global community nine years ago, is a testament to how deeply entrenched feudal politics remain in the Philippines, in particular in the restive southern Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), where Maguindanao is located.
The unfortunate event, known today as Maguindanao Massacre, was later dubbed as “one of the worst acts of political violence in modern Philippine history” and described by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the single deadliest event for journalists in history.
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.
The Maguindanao massacre cases are also considered complex due to the involvement of state agents. Case proceedings have been plagued by delays, with arraignments for some of the major suspects. 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.