Soldier tagged in fatal shooting of Ampatuan kin

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COTABATO CITY—A soldier allegedly shot dead a nephew of former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. in Ampatuan town Friday night, police and relatives said.

Shariff Ampatuan, Maguindanao provincial board member, said his son Norton, 28, sustained multiple gunshot wounds from .45 cal. pistol and died on the spot. His buddy, Juhail Unting, was wounded.

Inspector  Zulkarnain Qunakon, Ampatuan police chief, said Norton and Unting were about to enter a videoke house in Barangay Kauranat at around 9 p.m. Friday when the shooting happened.

Shariff Ampatuan said his son decided not to enter the videoke house where there were guest relations officers “because the bar was already full with customers.”

“The soldier tried to convince him to come inside but my son refused (and) there he was shot,” the father said, quoting witnesses.

After the shooting, the soldier left.

Ampatuan, who is running for mayor of Shariff Aguak, said the gunman belonged to the 45th Infantry Battalion based in Ampatuan.

“We have the name of the soldier-suspect but our family is waiting for the result of the investigation,” Ampatuan said, adding that the 45th IB battalion commander had extended his condolences to the family.

Norton is the nephew of Andal Ampatuan Sr., a principal suspect in the Nov. 2009 Maguindanao massacre that claimed the lives of 58 persons, including 31 journalists and supporters of Ampatuan’s political rival, former Buluan Mayor and now Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    inisa isa ang ampatuan talagang babalik sa kanila ang dati nilang gawa.ngayon sinong sisihin nyo

  • phantomofhope

    nakow kawawa yung sundalo. i hope he will be protected from chainsaw killing.

  • ApoNiLolo

    Inimbitahan sa loob ng KBar, ayaw pumasok, binaril? Anong klaseng motibo yan! >: (

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    what a lame excuse for a soldier to shot an “innocent” civilian. for all we know, it was the ampatuan might have started an altercation (which was left out from the news).

    ampatuan pa? eh takot nga dyan si Lucifer.

    • Bullseye

       Malamang tama ka. Hari ang tingin ng mga Ampatuan sa sarili nila, kaya medyo mababaw nga ang dahilan.

  • nakatutok

    pakinggan muna ang side ng sundalo..imposible kasi yung kwento ng tatay ( nung ayaw pumasok sa bar BINARIL na..?)..astang hari ang mga Ampatuan sa lugar na yan….tingnan natin kung kaya nila banggain ang Armor Company na naka pwesto diyan sa munisipyo…

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