Maguindanao Massacre - updates

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Awaiting payout, Ampatuan victim's child struggles with heart disease

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Argie Caniban fled Kuwait before to run away from an abusive employer. But she might just seek overseas work again because 10-year-old Princess has a heart disease, and the P350,000 worth of damages may not cover a lifetime of care.

LOSS. Princess Arianne Caniban, 10 years old, lights a candle at the Forest Lake cemetery in General Santos City on November 17, 2019, where most of the Ampatuan massacre victims are buried. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Mangudadatu urges court to be wary of Zaldy Ampatuan's request

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:08 PM

Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Esmael Mangudadatu says Zaldy Ampatuan should not get medical treatment outside Bilibid

10-YEAR COURT BATTLE. In this file photo, Rep. Toto Mangudadatu speaks to media after the promulgation on December 19, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Momay kin to ask CA to recognize him as 58th Ampatuan massacre victim

Jan 03, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Reynaldo Momay's family is going against jurisprudence as past SC decisions mandate that appealing an acquittal violates the doctrine against double jeopardy

REMEMBERED. Graves of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Vice mayor who testified in Ampatuan massacre ambushed in Maguindanao

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Akmad 'Mitra' Ampatuan is known in Maguindanao to be a former ally of Andal Ampatuan Sr and his sons but who later allied with the Mangudadatus

WOUNDED. Akmad Mitra Ampatuan is ambushed on the way home. PNP photo

[OPINION] What the Ampatuan Massacre verdict means to a campus journalist

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The fight of professional journalism will always be the fight of campus journalism. We celebrate the Ampatuan Massacre verdict, hope for the extent of justice, and continue to address the struggles of press freedom.

FALSE: Convicted Ampatuan brothers are ‘Liberal Party members’

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The masterminds of the Ampatuan massacre were officials of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, the party of former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. They were kicked out of the party after the massacre.

[OPINION] The Ampatuan massacre in the eyes of an aspiring lawyer

Dec 23, 2019 - 2:34 PM

'The road does not end here, as legal remedies for the convicts are still in place. We must keep an eye out.'

[EDITORIAL] Ang anino ng backhoe sa Ampatuan massacre

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The sad truth is this: the trial of the decade does not reform, overhaul, or even change the injustice that's still prevalent in our society today

[OPINION] Even after the Ampatuan verdict, Filipino journalists are still in peril

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:00 PM

As long as there are still Filipinos who choose to be misinformed and disinformed, the Philippines will still be a dangerous place for journalists

How the Ampatuans commanded the police to carry out massacre

Dec 22, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Policemen, whether accomplices or not, readily comply with the order to set up checkpoints. The Mangudadatu convoy fails to secure an escort after the army refuses to provide them with one.

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Suspects in the Maguindanao massacre arrive at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on December 19, 2019, for the verdict of the decade long Ampatuan trial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ampatuans' scramble after massacre turns loyal househelp against them

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:02 PM

A thoughtless comment to kill Saliao for knowing 'so many things' led the loyal househelp to squeal

JUDGMENT. Clerk of Court Aissa Sto Domingo reads the verdict of Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes on the 2009 Ampatuan massacre inside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

Daughter of 58th Ampatuan massacre victim continues to fight for justice

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:53 PM

The Ampatuan massacre verdict is bittersweet for Nenen Momay, whose father wasn't recognized by the court as among those murdered

Nenen Momay, the daughter of the 58th Ampatuan massacre victim. Photo from Facebook/nenen.castillo

'Tama na please': How lawyer's text in last moments convicted Andal Ampatuan

Dec 21, 2019 - 2:09 PM

Lawyer Cynthia Oquendo-Ayon sends a message to a fellow lawyer: 'Please advise client Ampatuan. Tama na pls, we might get killed they are firing.'

GRIEVING MOTHER. Nenita Oquendo lost her husband Catalino and her daughter Cynthia in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre. Photo by Rappler

Amid confusion, families to clarify Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 21, 2019 - 10:42 AM

4 people part of the 101 on trial did not receive judgments. A policeman who offered his troop for the massacre plot is both convicted and acquitted in the ruling.

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. 56 people are acquitted in the Ampatuan massacre case, but one name, a major cast in the case Police Superintendent Bahnarin Kamaong, appear both in the convicted and acquitted list. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

SUMMARY: Why many were acquitted, some convicted in Ampatuan massacre

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) Take a look at Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes' reasoning for the acquittals of the Ampatuan clan scions despite their participation in the plotting of the massacre

MASSACRE. Datu Andal Jr (utmost left in orange) and Zaldy Ampatuan (2nd to last from right in yellow) talk to each other before the promulgation of judgment in the 10-year Ampatuan massacre case on December 19, 2019. Photo courtesy of SC PIO

Sibling remembers Ampatuan victim's premonition of attack

Dec 20, 2019 - 7:49 PM

'No amount of money can pay the life of my sister,' Andrea Jayme says of the slain human rights lawyer Concepcion Brizuela

[ANALYSIS] What the Ampatuan massacre verdict did not – and could not – address

Dec 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

In a land of scarcity and impunity, we celebrate justice, no matter how hollow. Now, to the hard facts.

The power of the Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 20, 2019 - 6:00 PM

It has the power to restore hope or take it away

Journalists, lawyers call for state accountability after Ampatuan verdict

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The state needs to be accountable for crimes committed by its own agents, says NUJP chair Nonoy Espina, whether it's the Ampatuan massacre or the drug war

Family members, counsel, and journalists join a press conference after the verdict has been announced for the Ampatuan promulgation in Taguig next December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IBP on Ampatuan verdict: Delayed justice breeds despair, corruption

Dec 20, 2019 - 4:55 PM

While it welcomes the conviction of suspects in the Ampatuan massacre, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines laments the delay and pushes for reforms in the judicial process

PNP: Acquitted policemen in Ampatuan massacre case can return to service

Dec 20, 2019 - 3:27 PM

PNP spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac says they are studying the status and case folders of the 17 acquitted policemen in the Ampatuan massacre

Coverage of People vs. Ampatuan, et al. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

'Patayin sila lahat': Tato Ampatuan acquitted despite participation in meeting

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:52 AM

(UPDATED) Datu Akmad or Tato Ampatuan attends a medical mission in Mamasapano on the day of the massacre, leading Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes to say 'he did not cling to the agreed plot to kill'

ACQUITTED. Datu Akmad "Tato" Ampatuan, son-in-law of Datu Andal Sr Ampatuan, is acquitted in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre. Screenshot from PTV

Families more fearful with acquittals, 80 still at large in Ampatuan massacre

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:08 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Find the other 80 at large in Ampatuan massacre, families plead, as they also fear that those acquitted will return to government posts in Maguindanao

FEAR. Grace Morales (utmost left) says families are more fearful after the acquittal of 55 suspects in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre in the verdict handed down on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Justice prevailed': Youth groups hail Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'Today we are a step ahead in our fight against impunity,' says College Editors Guild of the Philippines national president Daryl Angelo Baybado

After Ampatuan conviction, CHR urges gov't to ensure same 'full force of law'

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:15 PM

'May this verdict revive our faith in the justice system,' says the Commission on Human Rights, adding that the government must address 'marks of impunity that continue to prevail'

Attorney victims show the legal papers outside the court room after the hearing for the verict of ampatuan massacre case at Camp bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig on December 19, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Ampatuan verdict 'a big win' for victims, families – human rights lawyer

Dec 19, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Lawyer and former SC spokesman Ted Te says Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes' conviction of the Ampatuan brothers is a 'brave statement'

VICTIMS. Family members, counsel, and journalists hold photos of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre at a press conference held after the verdict was announced. They Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NUJP: Despite Ampatuan conviction, fight is not yet over

Dec 19, 2019 - 6:19 PM

'We must soldier on until the last of those responsible are behind bars,' the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says

Family members, counsel, and journalists join a press conference after the verdict has been announced for the Ampatuan promulgation in Taguig next December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sajid Ampatuan acquitted despite 'knowledge of murder plot'

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) A meeting is held in Sajid's house a day after the massacre to discuss 'how to save the backhoe' but Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes says 'it is of no moment'

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes hands out the verdict of the 10-year Ampatuan Massacre case. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

Ampatuan conviction shows the powerful are not above the law – Robredo

Dec 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'Ang batas at katarungan ay walang pinipiling pangalan, maski na ang mga nasa kapangyarihan,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

TRIAL OF THE CENTURY. Relatives of victims in the Maguindanao massacre flash victory sign after the decision on the Ampatuan trial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ: Acquittals in Ampatuan massacre 'expected'

Dec 19, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'We knew from the beginning where our strength lies and where certain gaps in our evidence exist,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lawmakers laud Ampatuan conviction: Long time coming

Dec 19, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives welcome the conviction of the principal accused in the worst case of election-related violence in the Philippines

Militant groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

58th Ampatuan massacre victim forgotten in verdict?

Dec 19, 2019 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) Reynaldo Momay, a journalist who was seen covering the candidacy filing of Esmael 'Toto' Mangudadatu and was never found again, is not counted as a murder victim by the Ampatuan brothers

REMEMBERED. Graves of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Full decision on Ampatuan massacre case

Dec 19, 2019 - 3:09 PM

The promulgation on December 19 marks the end of a decade-long trial. Read the full decision here.

VERDICT. Accused face the court during hte promulgation on December 19, 2019. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

Toto Mangudadatu: No closure yet, will appeal Sajid Ampatuan’s acquittal

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Mangudadatu says he is thankful for the guilty verdict on most of the suspects in the murder of his wife and sisters, but he will still go after the ones acquitted

NO CLOSURE. Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Toto Mangudadatu said he will appeal the acquittal of Sajid Islam Ampatuan and Akmad "Tato" Ampatuan Sr in the muder of his wife and sisters in the Maguindanao massacre. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang welcomes guilty verdict in Ampatuan massacre

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:53 PM

But the 'narrative on the protection of media workers is far from over,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who was once a lawyer for Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr

GUILTY. Groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Grieving families find ‘closure’ in guilty Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:37 PM

For one grieving victim, the guilty verdict is an early Christmas gift from God

V FOR VICTORY. Relatives of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre flash the 'V' sign for victory at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on December 19, 2019, after the masterminds of the case were found guilty. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

56 acquitted, 28 convicted in Ampatuan massacre

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) An additional 15 are convicted for being accessories to the crime, and are sentenced to 6-10 years in prison

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. 28 are convicted, 55 are acquitted, and 15 others are sentenced to lesser sentence in the Ampatuan massacre. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

A day of reckoning: Netizens celebrate guilty verdict in Ampatuan massacre case

Dec 19, 2019 - 1:32 PM

Twitter users thank Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes for her 'courage and sacrifices' while others wish for her safety

HRW: Use Ampatuan conviction to push for reforms vs culture of impunity

Dec 19, 2019 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) The conviction of the Ampatuan brothers over the 2009 massacre should signal the end of state support for private armies and political warlordism, says Human Rights Watch

Militant groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Sajid Islam Ampatuan acquitted in Ampatuan massacre case

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:49 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan is found not guilty

Sajid Ampatuan (at the back) arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, March 22, 2019, during promulgation of his case. Ampatuan was convicted of Graft, Malversation, and Falsification in connection with the purchases of construction and lumber materials and was sentenced for reclusion perpetua. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Ampatuan brothers convicted in 10-year massacre case

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:37 AM

(4th UPDATE) Datu Andal Jr, Zaldy, and Anwar Sr Ampatuan are sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole

DECISION. Among the accused who await the judgment of Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes are the Ampatuan brothers. Supreme Court PIO photo

Sajid Islam skips Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) One of the principal accused but earlier granted bail, Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan does not attend the promulgation of the judgment on him and his brothers

SKIPPED. Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan skips the promulgation of judgment of the Ampatuan massacre on December 19, 2019.

Camp Bagong Diwa now on lockdown for Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:09 AM

The lockdown is expected to stretch for hours, as a kilometric decision is read involving over a hundred suspects facing over 50 cases each

LOCKDOWN. Heightened security outside Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City for the verdict of the decade long Maguindanao massacre trial on December 19, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Watch the Ampatuan Massacre verdict live on Rappler

Ampatuan massacre victims' families could each receive P20M

Dec 19, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Lawyer Ted Te says the families should receive at least P50,000 in civil damages, though prosecution lawyers have asked the court to order the accused to each pay P20 million

Relatives of victims in the Maguindanao massacre arrive at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on December 19, 2019, for the verdict of the decade long Ampatuan trial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Who is Toto Mangudadatu?

Dec 19, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Months after the massacre, Esmael Mangudadatu won the post of Maguindanao governor in the 2010 elections. He held on to this post until 2019 and is currently representative of the 2nd district of Maguindanao.

National Press Club President (NPC) Rolando “Lakay” Gonzalo (right) Maguindanao 2nd-District Representative Toto Magundadatu (Center) and lawyer of one of the 32 media killed of 58 killed in Maguindanao Massacre Atty. Pete “Bitay” Principe (left) linked arms at a press conference in Quezon City on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Mangudadatu is optimistic on the verdict of Quezon City RTC Court Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the November 23, 2009 mass killing in a bid to quash an election challenge from a rival clan (Ampatuan) will be favorable to the victims. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Mangudadatu expects ‘100% guilty’ verdict on Maguindanao massacre masterminds

Dec 19, 2019 - 10:12 AM

Esmael 'Toto' Mangudadatu's wife and sisters were among 58 people killed when gunmen sidetracked the convoy that was about to file his gubernatorial candidacy on November 23, 2009

GUILTY VERDICT. Representative Toto Mangudadatu arrives at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on December 19, 2019, for the verdict on the decade-long Ampatuan trial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Kin of Ampatuan massacre victims hopeful on judgment day

Dec 19, 2019 - 9:32 AM

‘Nangako ako na ipaglalaban ko po hanggang sa dulo ng makakaya ko po. Habang buhay po ako, ipaglalaban ko yung hustisya niya,’ says Jergin Malabanan, daughter of slain journalist Gina dela Cruz

FIGHT TO THE END. Jergin Malabanan speaks with reporters in Camp Bagong Diwa on Friday, December 19. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trial of the decade: Who is Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes of the Ampatuan massacre case?

Dec 19, 2019 - 8:55 AM

(UPDATED) The promulgation marks the end of an almost 10-year trial

Did prosecution do enough? Ampatuan massacre verdict out today

Dec 19, 2019 - 12:58 AM

Here's a summary of the prosecution's evidence for the 10-year trial compared to the alibis and witnesses of the Ampatuans

VERDICT. Ampatuan brothers Datu Andal Jr, Zaldy and Datu Sajid Islam will have their verdict read before them on December 19, 2019, or after 10 years on trial.