Ending the killing of journalists: State action urgently needed

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Statement of the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists The United Nations declared November 2 as International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. However, […]

QC court denies massacre suspect’s bail petitions

QC court denies massacre suspect’s bail petitions

The Quezon City court hearing the murder cases against the alleged perpetrators of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre denied the petitions for bail of another primary suspect.

Accused brains of 2009 massacre dies of liver failure

Accused brains of 2009 massacre dies of liver failure

CMFR/PHILIPPINES – The patriarch of the Ampatuan clan, one of the primary accused in the 23 November 2009 massacre of 58 persons, died of liver failure at a hospital in Quezon City last 17 July 2015.

Court allows hospitalization of accused principal in 2009 massacre

Court allows hospitalization of accused principal in 2009 massacre

CMFR/PHILIPPINES – Branch 221 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court temporarily allowed last June 10 the confinement of Andal Ampatuan Sr. at the National Kidney Transplant Institute due to the seriousness of his condition. The court had earlier allowed Andal Sr. to be brought to the Philippine General Hospital in May 2015.

Court denies massacre principal suspect Andal Sr.’s bail petition

Court denies massacre principal suspect Andal Sr.’s bail petition

The Regional Trial Court of Quezon City has denied Andal Ampatuan Sr.’s petition for bail after it established the participation of the clan patriarch in […]



Court denies massacre principal suspect Andal Sr.’s bail petition

Posted by CMFR | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 09-06-2015

The Regional Trial Court of Quezon City has denied Andal Ampatuan Sr.’s petition for bail after it established the participation of the clan patriarch in the 23 November 2009 massacre of 58 persons, including 32 journalists and media workers.

The journalists were covering the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy of Ampatuan clan rival Esmael Mangudadatu for governor of Maguindanao province.

In a 21 April 2015 joint order, the court denied the bail petition after finding that there was strong evidence of guilt against Andal Sr. The court explained that Andal Sr. “himself called and presided over three meetings that had the agenda of killing persons to prevent Esmael Mangudadatu from pursuing his political plans.”

The court added that the participation of Andal Sr. could be established “through the numerous phone and radio calls that appeared to monitor the execution of the victims at Sitio Masalay (on 23 November 2009).” There were also “untoward acts” Andal Sr. committed after the massacre.

Prior to the denial of Ampatuan Sr.’s petition, three other bail petitions were denied by the court–those filed by Akmad Tato Ampatuan, Anwar Ampatuna Sr. and Police Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay. But the court also granted 42 bail petitions, including that of Andal Sr. son Zaldy Ampatuan.

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