MANILA, Philippines – A Quezon City court found two Ampatuan brothers guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the 2009 massacre of 58 people, including 32 journalists, in Maguindanao.
Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 under Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes sentenced Datu Andal Jr and Zaldy Ampatuan and others guilty of 57 counts of murder. They have been sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole.
During the promulgation on Thursday, December 19, the parties were initially torn between having the dispositive portion or the salient points of the decision read. In the end, Reyes decided to read only the dispositive portion of the 761-page document.