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Zaldy Ampatuan pleads not guilty in Maguindanao massacre

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Former ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines– Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to murder of 57 people in Maguindanao in 2009.

He is the third member of the powerful Ampatuan clan implicated in the case to be arraigned. The other arraigned Ampatuans are the patriarch Andal Ampatuan Sr. and Zaldy’s brother Andal Ampatuan Jr.

Ampatuan was arraigned after the Supreme Court stood pat on its June 2012 ruling affirming the Court of Appeals decision ordering his inclusion in the list of accused in the Maguindanao massacre.

Ampatuan, in his second motion for reconsideration, questioned the high court’s decision for not stating its basis.

But the high court said since it could not find any reversible error with the appeals court decision, it was adopting its findings.

Court records showed that out of the 196 accused, 98 have been arrested and 82 have been arraigned while 57 have applied for bail.

Handling the case for the prosecution are 35 lawyers–21 public and 14 private. On the defense side, there are 54 lawyers.

Since the trial started on Jan. 5, 2010, the prosecution has so far presented 101 witnesses to the stand.

Excluding oral motions, 307 motions and other matters have been filed or raised of which 204 have been resolved.

The records also showed that there were 447 comments, oppositions, rejoinders, sur-rejoinders and manifestations have been filed as a result of the 307 motions.

Records of the case have reached 48 volumes. This case is considered the most brutal election related killing and the worst crime against the members of the media.


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Tags: Crimes , Maguindanao massacre , Media , Murder


  • Le Commentor

    Tanglnang mukha yan.. 

  • phantomofhope

    what??? ngayon pa lang na-arraign?? God philippine justice system is a mess!

    • ever green

      kaya nga!! mag 3 yrs na arraignment pa lang… kaya nga tawag trial of the century…. mga ganun din aabutin ang kaso…isang siglo…..tang — inang justice system dito sa pinas….

  • bilango71

    Maraming tao ang minalas mg sumapi kay GMA.  GMA is salot sa buhay ng maraming tao.

  • Magsasaka

    asan na yong mga WPD/MPD isalvage nyo na yong taong yan 

  • paul

    the real face of evil……………..

  • ruiznelli

    kaya mga PADRE DAMASO, bwct talaga kayo dahil ‘pinaalis’ niyo ‘Death Penalty!!  Di sana may kalalagyan ‘tong mga evil Ampatuans na ‘toh!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UHP224ACJWMZVXYWRZTPHWGCTU Lits

    Tawag diyan sa mga Ampatuan na may kinalaman sa massacre, mga  halimaw !!!! Kung sa china nangyari yan di sana nabawasan tayo ng mga ganid sa kapangyarihan at mga mamamatay tao. Very poor law in the Philippines kaya maraming riding in tandem, holdaper, snatcher, kidnaper, carnaper, side mirror gang. Dapat talaga no bail sa mga holdap para magtanda lalo na ang paulit ulit na lang, ibaon sa lupa ng buhay para di na gayahin pa ng iba, then we will achieve peace and safe para sa mga mahal natin sa buhay. Puro corrupt at pansariling kapakanan ang mga pulitiko natin, di na nahiya nagdikitan na naman sa pagdating ni Manny Paquioa sa airport, sytle nyo bulok.

  • joerizal

    Bakas-bakas na lang dapat ang mga tao para ipatepok na yang lahi niyan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

    Dito sa bansa natin kapag may pera ka at impluwensya ka mabibili mo lahat. Hindi totoo ang Hustisya  at Authoridad  sa bansa natin dahil lahat ng ito ay natutumbasan ng salapi.

  • TwiggyRamirez

    …ipa-salvage na lang yan. makakatipid pa sa gastos ang mga pamilya ng biktima.

  • julymorning

    MAUUBOS MUNA ANG BUHOK SA ULO NI ABNOY, BAGO MABIGYAN NG HUSTISYA ANG MINASAKER NG UGOK NA BANSOT NA AMPATUAN NA IRE. TULIIN MUNA ITO NG ALANG ANESTISYA KASI SUPOT PA DAW, KATULAD NG NASA MALAKANYANG

  • Htee

    Kung hindi ikaw, magturo ka.

    KUNG……..MANINIWALA KAMI….
    HAHAHAHA….TANGNA MO…..



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