Victims’ kin fear political comeback of Ampatuans


The families of journalists killed in the Maguindanao massacre are afraid that the case against the Ampatuans could become “collateral damage” in the peace deal between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a private prosecutor in the case said Thursday.

Lawyer Harry Roque said   he had received reports that the Ampatuans had allied themselves with the Mastura clan, which has close links to the MILF.

He added that one of the primary suspects still at large—Bahnarin “Datu Ban” Ampatuan—was reported last week to be hiding in one of the houses constructed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in an MILF-controlled area in Maguindanao.

“There is now an alliance between the Ampatuans and the Masturas for the coming elections. They’re running under United Nationalist Alliance,” Roque said in an interview.

“So, my clients are now fearing that the massacre case could become collateral damage, especially with the government and the MILF talking peace,” he added.

Roque said  his clients had also received reports that some Ampatuans wanted for the massacre were hiding in MILF-controlled areas, particularly those under the MILF’s 106th Base Command.

He said one of his informers sent him a text message on Nov. 15 saying that Bahnarin Ampatuan and his armed group were still hiding in an MILF-controlled area.

“As of this time, Datu Ban and his group are still in the DSWD-made houses located along the left side of Kabulnan River around 1 kilometer south of the municipal hall of Mamasapano,” the text message read.

“It is public knowledge in the locality that they are friendly with the MILF-BIAF 106th and 118th Base Commands and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) mechanized brigade in the area,” it added.

Roque said Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas had been informed about this development and that police had confirmed the report.

Malacañang on Thursday said  Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu had vouched for the character of members of the Ampatuan clan running for public office in Maguindanao under the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the candidates had been handpicked by Mangudadatu, and did not share the politics of former Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr., one of the accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

The prospect of their election should not be a cause for worry for the residents since they eschewed the politics of the Ampatuan patriarch and shared the “reformed politics” of Mangudadatu, he said.

At least 74 members of the Ampatuan clan are reportedly running for elective posts in the midterm elections in May 2013, at least 10 of them under the LP.

“Governor Mangudadatu is a person who was victimized by the massacre and so you would listen to the person on the ground. This is local politics. And so the local politics, you consult with the local officials,” he said.

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  • Karl Bryant


  • peach black

    mga abn0rma1 at deperensiya sa pag-iisip kasi ang qualifications na hinahanap ng mag b0b0ng botante sa Mindanao. They deserve their lot. Ginusto nila yan, eh. Tingnan mo. mananalo pa rin yang mga hinayupacks na yan.

    • Francis81

       Hindi bobo ang mga taga Mindanao takot lang sila sa buhay nila pag hindi nila binoto ang mga ampats. Mas lalo na ngayon na nasa administrasyon na ang mga ampats. 

  • Hey_Dudes

    If you have that kind of fear then it is up to you people not just government to ensure they will not have another foothold in power by way of relatives running for various offices?  Nasasa-inyo ang kasagutan sa inyong problema.  Kung hindi ninyo iboboto ang mga yan papanong babalik sa kapangyarian?  Kaya kayong tiga Maguindanao, huwag kayong pakukuha sa isang lata ng sardinas, 2 kilos of rice and Php100.00 just to have these voted into office again?

  • Cobra

     Cory appointed andal ampatuan as the first oic of maguindanao,before his appointment he was a nobody but after 6 yrs. under cory & succeeding yrs w/ ramos,estrada & gma,he & his family virtually controls everything in maguindanao.

  • regd

    Because no one is brave enough to cause the accidental death of even the old patriarch. A bullet between the eye will shatter their invincibility and speed up their eventual conviction. 

  • palakasantayo

     This is very interesting development. Ampatuans joining force with the Masturas and the MILF? The case could be used by the negotiating MILF team as a pawn in peace negotiation. MILF will say, OK… we will accept your peace proposal but you have to forego the case against the Ampatuans… he.. he.. he.  Could be far fetched but, with the twisted brains these murderers have, it is possible. Yes… this heinous crime could be one of the collateral damages later on.

  • boyod

    if andal ampatuan was appointed by late cory, how can pinoy disappoint her mother in her grave, while other ampatuan’s kin are candidates of Liberal Party and gov mangundadatu could not have the assurance that thesepeople will  not allied with andal ampatuan and his son Jr, the lead accused. It’s more fun in Pinoy circle but not in the Phil 

  • Luthmar

    This trial should first focus on the Ampatuan father and sons.  They are the main suspects in that heinous crime.  Once they have been judged, the trial should then continue for the others.

    Hopefully, their punishments would be the way those people were butchered.

  • Ernesto

    isang bala lang sa ulo sa utak ng masacre ,tapos na ang lahat yan.isang tao lang gagawa yan.

    • Albin

      kailangan din kasing mabayaran ang mga biktima

  • divictes

    Uso ang remakes ngayon, so don’t be surprise kung magbalik rin sa political box-office ang moro-moro.

  • bogger007

    Huwag iboto ang mga Ampatuan. Yan lang ang pwedeng gawin ng mga taga Maguindanao. 

  • “TwiNex”

    Disbarment for the lawyer who allegedly bought the properties of ampatuans months after the case was elevated to courts… you are a shame on the legal profession… 

  • Jon

    Malacañang on Thursday said  Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu had
    vouched for the character of members of the Ampatuan clan running for
    public office in Maguindanao under the ruling Liberal Party (LP)

    Tuwad na Daan = Walang pagbabago

  • Albin

    They should fear more. Penoy’s LP is supporting the Ampatuans.

  • Garo Ungaro

    this a travesty of justice…it sad but it might talks..

  • disqusted0fu

    didnt the private army of the Ampatuans started during the term of Cory? do you think it will end in Noynoy’s? i doubt. he is not even doing anything about it. he is not even doing anything about extra judicial killings per se.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Any political party who accepts any Ampatuan in their bloc should be censured by all Filipinos. I would consider those political parties with Ampatuan member(s) as immoral, disgraceful, treacherous and without shame, especially the leaders of those political parties. There is no sense respecting these Filipino politicians.

    • nakawan

      it’s mind-boggling how the Ampatuans aren’t considered political poison at all. if I were Binay, Erap, and Enrile, I’d be scared of the fallout having the Ampatuan alongside mine. yet, money does insure elections. better to keep power than to lose it

      • tra6Gpeche

        Most politicians in the Philippines, including the ones you mentioned, are devoid of morality, shame and decency. They are all obsessed of power and money. No wonder our countrymen are forever languishing in poverty!

  • EdgarEdgar

    This sounds all too familiar. New administration with new zeal to carry out newfound reforms, all trumpeted by new sloganeering, all packaged nicely in new yellow ribbons. And before you know it, Noynoy and his Liberal Party are already in bed with the butchers of the Maguindanao massacre. Not just in bed but in connivance with the Ampatuans to win more votes in the south in exchange for the political rehabilitation and exoneration of some Ampatuans who are now detained in the imperial capital of Manila. But then again, this should come as no surprise since Noynoy himself all too readily abandoned the search for his father’s killers just to kiss and make up with Tito Danding. Noynoy is all too willing to do anything and go to any extent for personal expediency.

    At the expense of our national pursuit of justice, Noynoy and his political operatives have succeeded again in dividing this country into parochial and provincial interests, driving home the point ever more clearly that all of Noynoy’s politics are personal and parochial. 

  • macobex


  • watot

    nakuu kung Binay pala mananalo sa susunod, pardon ang mga Ampatuans! ‘tay na!

  • Gene

    Ahh, katanggap-tanggap pala sila sa UNA.  Sige, magsama sama kayo sa impyerno!

  • Magsasaka

    tinatawagan ang mga nananalvage na pulis irampa nyo na ang mag amang iyan hehehe

    • Gene

       Ilipat sa Manila para mang agaw ng baril sa pulis.

  • Simon Ward

    That Mangudadatu is now vouching for Ampatuan candidates speaks volumes to me about why the massacre came about in the first place, and what has happened there since. I won’t expand, because the book in my head is not based on fact. I’ll just say it reads like something Mario Puzo might have written.

  • virgoyap

    Binay of UNA watchout you have been harboring many of arroyo’s loyalist and now the Ampatuans’ and the Masturas. Political expediency will only help for your personal interest but not for the nation’s advancement.

  • Pedro


  • tarikan

    Victims’ kin fear political comeback of Ampatuans, banners the title of this article. We heard this FEAR before loud and clear. Martial Law victims’ kin fear political comeback of….

  • julieboy

    Pag ito ang mga lusot we dont have anymore hope on justice in our country.The lawyers defending the Ampatuans are having a hayday delaying,delaying and cashing in for more money.Im amazed how this kind of people can even be defended in court.Due process for people like this really gives us a bad taste in the mouth.Lets all watch what happens to this case,all the other cases are mickey mouse compared to this one.I have nothing against islam and the muslims,im from mindanao but what the ampatuans supposedly did is beyond human behavior.DOJ this is your lithmus test on what justice is all about.Can to show to the filipino people you know what your doing.

  • Your_King

    Aquino has been busy having his fun impeaching Corona and traveling abroad blaming and making senseless jokes against fpgma that its no surprise that things like this are happening. Aquino has neglected many important issues that are facing the Philippines and slowly but surely those problems are manifesting itself one by one…including the massacre masterminds.

  • Lits

    Bitayin sa harap ng publiko ang mga ampatuans na to dahil mga hayon tong mga to di tao, ibalik ang bitay sa mga lokong to…hirap sa atin pag mayaman hirap makasuhan, ano kaya pa riding in tandem na lang ng mga naagrabyado para tapos hehehe…unahin muna ang atty ng mga ampatuans para di na tumagal ang kaso

  • mangTASYO

    Democracy is by the people for the people and of the people.

    PH Democrazy is BUY the people POOR the people and OFF the people.

    “Elect the Ampatuans” is now rallied by the Administration.  Yucks!

    Noy, tell us who your friends are and we’ll tell you who you are.

  • JuanTamadachi

    Their fear is definitely not without basis.. After all the much hated Marcoses succeeded in making a comeback..

    • Angel Divera

      The Marcoses has still cases to answer, their cases was not withdrawn. This is democratic country with jailed persons has still the rights to run like other congressmen (in jail) before them. The law must be amended first to remove those super free rights.

      • JuanTamadachi

        Angel, quite obviously, you missed the point I was driving at. However the fault is not entirely yours as I believe my post was simply too short and hence lacked the clarity it needed for unmistakable comprehension. That The Marcoses still HAVE cases (charges) to answer for and that their cases (charges) WERE 
        not withdrawn are not contested by me. The point I was making is that in my opinion the Marcoses are entirely undeserving of the political comeback made possible by voters who apparently are unaware of the great harm this family has done to our nation. We can have all the laws that we the people, through our Congressmen and Senators, can enact; but unless we have an enlightened voting populace, such laws will be for naught. Miriam Santiago, inter alia, mentioned this in her recent speech at FEU and it is in today’s issue of PDI.  

        You say that “The law must be amended first to remove those super free rights.”
        Do give me your ideas on specific amendments to the relevant laws.. 

        BTW, “HAVE” is my correction to your “has” and “WERE” to your “was”.. I trust you are not offended by them..

    • mangTASYO

      Blood is thicker than water.  In the corporate world, nepotism is discouraged.

      Framers of the constitution, banned – in principle – the political dynasty.

      Marcoses who LOVE the Filipinos (in Japanese idiom “ROB the Firipinos”) have billions of pesos.  In the poll, this is a big tool to fool the pool of hungry voters.

      Vox populi, vox Dei (The voice of the people is the voice of g-d).  If the Filipinos decided to elect Ampatuans like Marcoses, so be it.

      It would be another funny thing…added to MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES.

      Bilang Boss mo Noy, payong kaibigan lang
      Mag-ingat sa ngiti ng mga Ampatuans
      Tulad na lamang ng paalala ni mangKIKO Baltazar….

      “Kung ang isalubong sa iyong pagdating
      ay masayang mukha’t may pakitang-giliw
      lalong pag-ingata’t kaaway na malihim
      siyang isaisip na kakabakahin.”

      • JuanTamadachi

        Read the news article “Santiago: most voters, leaders not educated”

      • mangTASYO

        Konnichiwa, have just read it and please read my comment + arigatu.

      • JuanTamadachi

        doi itaishimashite.. I will. Hubba good one..

  • Francis81

    Sigurado na yang comeback na yan nasa LP na ang mga Ampatuans!

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