10 years after: Andal Jr., Zaldy, kin ‘guilty’ of Ampatuan Massacre

Marje Pelayo
 handout photo made available by the Supreme Court – Public Information Office (SC-PIO) shows convicted members of the Maguindanao massacre led by Andal Ampatuan Junior (L) and former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Zaldy Ampatuan (R) attending the promulgation at the trial venue inside a prison facility in Taguig city, Philippines, 19 December 2019. 

MANILA, Philippines – After 10 years of waiting, the Court has finally delivered the verdict against the suspects in the gruesome murder of 58 individuals dubbed as the Ampatuan Massacre.

On Thursday (December 19), Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 sentenced brothers Andal ‘Unsay’ Ampatuan Jr. and Zaldy ‘Puti’ Ampatuan ‘guilty beyond reasonable doubt’ of 57 counts of murder.

They were sentenced to suffer the penalty of Reclusion Perpetua or 40 years in prison without Parole pursuant to R.A. 9346.

Other members of the Ampatuan family who received similar verdict were Datu Anwar Sajid, Datu Anwar Jr, and Datu Anwar Sr.

The case against the Ampatuan patriarch, Andal Sr., who died of liver cancer in July 2015, was dismissed on October 14, 2019.

Andal Sr.’s other son, Sajid Islam and his nephew Akmad ‘Tato’ Sr., and a civilian member of the family Jimmy Ampatuan, meanwhile, were acquitted due to ‘reasonable doubt.’

They were ordered to be immediately released from jail “unless they are being detained for some other lawful causes.”

READ: Dispositive portion of Ampatuan massacre case ruling

Other convictions in the crime were:

  1. PSupt. Abusama Mundas Maguid
  2. PSupt. Bahnarin U. Kamaong SPO2 George S. Labayan
  3. PCI Sukarno A. Dicay
  4. PInsp. Michael Joy Macaraeg
  5. PInsp. Saudi M. Mukamad
  6. PSI Abdulgapor Abad
  7. SPO2 Badawi P. Bakal
  8. PO3 Abibudin S. Abdulgani
  9. PO3 Rasid Anton
  10. PO3 Felix E. Eñate, Jr.
  11. PO2 Hamad Nana
  12. PO2 Saudiar A. Ulah
  13. PO2 Saudi Pasutan
  14. PO1 Jonathan Engid
  15. PO1 Herich Amaba
  16. PO1 Esprielito G. Lejarso
  17. PO1 Esmael Manuel Guialal
  18. PO1 Narkouk D. Mascud
  19. PO1 Arnulfo A. Soriano
  20. PO1 Pia Kamidon
  21. Manny U. Ampatuan
  22. Misuari A. Ampatuan
  23. Mohades A. Ampatuan
  24. Mohamad T. Datumanong
  25. Nasser S. Esmael alias Nasrudin G. Esmael
  26. Abedin Alamada alias Kumander Bedi
  27. Bong S. Andal
  28. Edres G. Kasan
  29. Taya M. Bangkulat
  30. Salik S. Bangkulat
  31. Zacaria P. Akil
  32. Kudza Masukat Uguia
  33. Salipad M. Tampogao
  34. Talembo “Tammy” Masukat alias Talembo Kahar Abdulrakman
  35. Sonny K. Pindi alias Bimbo S. Piang
  36. Edris Tekay Nanding
  37. Thong E. Guiamano alias Ibrahim Kamal Tatak
  38. Armando O. Ambalgan alias Omar Kayansang
  39. Tato Tampogao

Meanwhile, those who were also acquitted include:

  1. SPO1 Samad U. Maguindra
  2. PO3 Ricky D. Balanueco
  3. PO2 Rexson D. Guiama
  4. PO1 Mohammad K. Balading
  5. PO1 Marsman E. Nilong
  6. PO1 Pendatun A. Dima
  7. PO1 Amir Solaiman
  8. PO1 Sandy D. Sabang
  9. PSupt. Abdulwahid U. Pedtucasan
  10. SPO2 Oscar Donato
  11. SPO1 Alimola L. Guianaton
  12. SPO1 Ali Mluk Solano
  13. SPO1 Elizer S. Rendaje
  14. PO3 Gibrael R. Alano
  15. PO3 Felix Ababao Daquilos
  16. PO2 Kendatu S. Rakim
  17. PO1 Badjun Ibad Panegas
  18. PO1 Datu Jerry M. Utto
  19. PO1 Abdula Baguadatu
  20. PO1 Tamano Sahibal Hadi
  21. PO1 Abdulbayan U. Mundas
  22. PO1 Jimmy M. Kadtong
  23. PO1 Marjul T. Julkadi
  24. PO1 Abdurahman S. Batarasa
  25. PO1 Abdulmanan L. Saavedra
  26. PO1 Rainer T. Ebus
  27. PO1 Ebara G. Bebot
  28. PO1 Michael M. Macarongon
  29. PO1 Anwar Masukat
  30. PO2 Tany Dalgan
  31. PO1 Michael Madsig
  32. PO1 Ducoy Badal alias Ahmad Camsa Badal
  33. PO1 Warden Legawan
  34. PO1 Ysmael Baraquir
  35. PInsp. Bahnarin U. Kamaong
  36. Takpan Dilon
  37. Jonathan S. Ampatuan
  38. Datutuhon M. Esmael
  39. Alimudin S. Sanguyod
  40. Fahad Utto
  41. Samsudin M. Daud
  42. Theng P. Sali alias Abdullah Hamid Abdulkahar
  43. Maot Bangkulat alias Benjie Dagindingan
  44. Akad B. Macaton
  45. Tho A. Amino
  46. Malaguial S. Tanuri
  47. Denga O. Mentol alias Ronnu Ofong
  48. Samaon M. Andatuan
  49. Sahid A. Guiamadil
  50. Mama Habib
  51. Kasim T. Lingkong
  52. Rakim M. Amil
  53. Norman M. Tatak
  54. Nasser M. Malaguia alias Ramon Dadulo
  55. Norhato M. Kamino alias Alfeche Banding

The Court also ordered the arrest of all 80 other suspects who remain at large.

READ: PH gov’t urged to hunt down Ampatuan massacre suspects still at large

Meanwhile, the 761-page decision dismissed the claims for damages of the heirs of photojournalist Reynaldo Momay, whose body was never found nor his whereabouts identified up until the day of the promulgation.

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