MANILA, Phiippines – Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu wants the 50 new suspects in the Ampatuan Massacre placed on the Bureau of Immigration’s lookout bulletin.
The governor’s lawyer, Nena Santos, told reporters on Wednesday, March 18, that they will ask the Quezon City court to also issue a hold departure order against the “second wave of suspects” once these people submit their counter-affidavit in April (READ: DOJ probes 50 new suspects in Maguindanao Massacre)
Mangudadatu led the relatives of the victims in filing complaints against the 50 new suspects in the massacre. In November 2009, 58 people on Mangudadatu’s convoy – including his wife, supporters, and media men – were killed by alleged members of the ruling Ampatuan clan and their men in a bid to stop Mangudadatu from filing his candidacy against a member of the family.
In this new complaint, they said that “many witnesses came out to tell what they personally know about the horrible incident” in Maguindanao. But only after sensing a “change in political atmosphere.”
The complaint stated that it seeks 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.” – Rappler.com