Prosecutors want Ampatuan back in jail

No sympathy for mass murderers Government lawyers have formally asked the court trying the Maguindanao massacre case to order principal accused Zaldy Ampatuan’s return to jail from the Makati hospital where he is presently seeking treatment. THE MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE In … Continue reading Prosecutors want Ampatuan back in jail

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DOJ speeding up Ampatuan case

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is doing its best to hasten the prosecution of former Maguindanao mayor Andal “Datu Unsay” Ampatuan Jr., and other accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this … Continue reading DOJ speeding up Ampatuan case

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SAP Go denies invitation to Ampatuan daughter’s wedding

Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday denied accepting an invitation to be a sponsor at the wedding of Bai Nor Aila Kristina Ampatuan, daughter of detained former Governor Zaldy Ampatuan, who is one of … Continue reading SAP Go denies invitation to Ampatuan daughter’s wedding

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Roque: Partial conviction on 2009 Maguindanao massacre eyed in 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed government prosecutors to do their best to obtain partial judgment against some of the accused in the infamous 2009 Maguindanao Massacre within the year. This was disclosed by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during a press … Continue reading Roque: Partial conviction on 2009 Maguindanao massacre eyed in 2018

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6TH VITAL WITNESS IN DEADLY MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE KILLED

Like sitting ducks, vital witnesses are being killed one-by-one in the gruesome 2009 Maguindanao Massacre in southern Philippines where 57 people including 34 journalists perished in a politically-related violence. A Philippine police official has confirmed that a potential witness in the Maguindanao (south Philippines) massacre had been killed, a private prosecutor said yesterday. In all, six people¿three witnesses and three relatives of other witnesses¿have been killed in connection with the trial of the politically influential Ampatuan family accused in the Nov. 23, 2009 murders of 57 people, including the wife of the current Maguindanao governor, Esmael Mangudadatu. Nena Santos, a … Continue reading 6TH VITAL WITNESS IN DEADLY MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE KILLED

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Dutertes warn anti-Muslim housing subdivisions

BY ROGER M. BALANZA Mayor Sara Duterte and her father Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte have separately warned housing subdivisions against discriminating on Muslims and tribal people applying for housing. Over reports that the developer of a high-end housing project had rejected an application by a couple from the Kalagan Tribe, Mayor Duterte has urged city councilors to speed up approval of the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance authored by her father. The couple had filed a formal complaint at the city council. The proposed Duterte ordinance now pending in the council would prohibit discrimination due to creed, race and status in life. In … Continue reading Dutertes warn anti-Muslim housing subdivisions

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Fearing Ampatuan ‘Chainsaw Gang,” witness in GMA poll fraud rap disappear

One of two vital witnesses in the electoral fraud case leveled against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has disappeared after reports that a witness in the Maguindanao Massacre had been apparently “chainsawed” to death. The other would not take the … Continue reading Fearing Ampatuan ‘Chainsaw Gang,” witness in GMA poll fraud rap disappear

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Witnesses in Maguindanao Massacre warned vs. ‘Ampatuan Chainsaw Gang’

A government prosecutor said witnesses in the gruesome mass murder in 2009 of 57 people, 32 of them members of the press, in Maguindanao province in southern Philippines could end up being shredded to pieces with a chainsaw by henchmen of the suspects. A man who testified in court on the Philippines’ worst political massacre was found dead “probably chain-sawed to pieces” in a killing meant to silence other witnesses, the prosecutor said. “If we mention someone he might also end up dead,” said prosecutor Nena Santos. Prior to the mass killing, there are widespread reports that people who crossed … Continue reading Witnesses in Maguindanao Massacre warned vs. ‘Ampatuan Chainsaw Gang’

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100 suspects in Ampatuan massacre remain free

Some 100 suspects in the gruesome massacre in the town of Ampatuan, Maguindanao that shocked the nation two years ago remain scot-free, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Wednesday. Rowena Paraan, NUJP secretary general, stressed that only 96 of the 196 suspects have been arrested since the grisly manslaughter happened 30 months ago Wednesday. She lamented of those 64 suspects arraigned, only two are primary suspects -— former Maguindanao Gov. Andal S. Ampatuan Sr. and his son and namesake, Andal Ampatuan Jr., former mayor of Datu Unsay town. Another prominent family member, Zaldy Ampatuan, former governor of … Continue reading 100 suspects in Ampatuan massacre remain free

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MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE: A testament to the enormous monster of impunity reigning in our midst

STATEMENT On the 2nd Year Commemoration of the Ampatuan Massacre Read during the joint press conference with the Alliance Against Impunity in Mindanao (AIM), November 22, 2011, at Basti’s Brew, Legazpi St., Davao City   Two years after the gruesome Ampatuan Massacre which killed 58 individuals in a single attack, 32 of whom were our colleagues in the media, one colleague still missing up to now, and we are here, still, in a far cry toward the end of the reigning state of impunity in the country. It is just fitting that international media groups have declared November 23 as … Continue reading MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE: A testament to the enormous monster of impunity reigning in our midst

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