Ampatuans buck bid of backhoe operator



The primary suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre have asked a Quezon City court to reject the bid of alleged gravedigger and backhoe operator Bong Andal to turn state’s evidence and be removed from the list of 195 accused in the case.

In a rejoinder, Andal Ampatuan Sr., Andal Ampatuan Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan asked Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes to deny Andal’s petition for discharge and exclusion from the case, saying that he was disqualified under the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act.

Andal was the backhoe operator and employee of the Maguindanao provincial government believed to have dug the mass grave to bury the 58 victims, including 32 media men, of the Nov. 23, 2009, massacre.

Andal was arrested on Nov. 24 last year in Midsayap, North Cotabato.

According to the Ampatuans’ rejoinder, “There (was) no absolute necessity for Andal’s testimony,” since the prosecution had presented at least four alleged eyewitnesses who had testified on the supposed planning and cover-up of the massacre. Jeannette Andrade

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  • wawa2172

    What in the world makes the Maguindanao massacre victims be victimized again by the very slow justice system. Is it a case of delaying its resolution and at the end of the day when everybody is sleeping that  decision favorable to the Ampatuans will be handed down or worst they might be set free. There evidence is so much but the judgement remains illusive. Unahin muna ang mga principal masterminds.

  • jurbinsky77

    Now the Ampatuans are talking and acting for the prosecution? 

    They used force and intimidation and they are now using the law?


    Its actually their lawyers maneuver or strategies. Alam nila na tagilig sila kung maging state witness ang backhoe operator. Its up to the Judge kung sasakay siya sa mga gimik ng mga ito.    

  • Loggnat

    They should remove the backhoe operator from the list and put him in another list that will be charge later if he promised to be a witness. If his only crime is because he is the one who dug up the grave, he can always claim that he did it in fear of his life. I think that if he can connect one of the Ampatuan bosses as the one who ordered him to dig the grave, it will be another nail in the coffin of the killers and closer to their conviction..

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      ” If his only crime is because he is the one who dug up the grave, he can always claim that he did it in fear of his life. ”
      But that wouldn’t be the truth, now, wouldn’t it.
      That would be to save his skin at this moment, and not the same feeling he has during the time of the massacre. In fact, we never really will know if deep inside he was actively against the victim’s clan or not.
      And had he been afraid then, why hide ‘with’ the people who you fear for 3 years? dba?
      “I think that if he can connect one of the Ampatuan bosses as the one
      who ordered him to dig the grave, it will be another nail in the coffin
      of the killers and closer to their conviction..”
      That would be good if it was true.
      But it is like a General ordering a private to do the work, or a CEO ordering a clerk staff in the field office to do a specific work.  Normally it travels to the chain of command, so the likelihood of Amatuan Sr or Jr. telling him directly, of which he can testify to is pretty slim.

  • dark matter

    There is no need for another witness according to the defense? That’s hilarious! It’s like what Jim Carey said in Liar! Liar!: “it’s devastating to my case!”

  • pablosantino

    magkano ba bayad ng mga ampatuan kay fortun? these lawyers are crazy..all they want is the money..

  • Apolinario

    I am pretty sure the judge will favor the prosecution on this issue. Having another state witness with enought knowledge of the crime ( grave digger) will ensure the clan’s convictions. Turning this man as a witness will nail the coffin on the part of the accused.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      The Ampatuan’s should be totally ISOLATED, without any communications or informations tools to avoid any witness rubout and Judges corruptions or intimidations. 
      For them nothing easier to kill a Judge relative !

      On big problem, they have plenty supporters among compromised Politicians, AFP, PNP, as no need to proof the intimacy of those MONSTERS with the Philippines “System”. Something similar as the Marcos Cronies enjoying all their crimes, as they had involved too many “respectables and powerful “, exactly what did Ate Glue.

      This is the basic corrupt trick, to involved as many as possible for protection.
      An amnesty excluding blood crimes is needed, money should be back without penalties.

      After the amnesty, NO ESCAPE ANY MORE WITH IMMEDIATE TOUGH DISSUASIVE PENALTIES, like assets sequestered and long term jail, not the five stars hotel style like JALOSJOS enjoyed, but slum style, what JPE, REYES brothers, ECLEO, PALPARAN, and so many other should deserved it.

  • phantomofhope

    my God…. Marantan killed about 40 alleged criminals, including Siman’s group. why can’t he do it to Ampatuans?? 

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  • Brahman

    buhay pa mga ampatuan, dapat massacre na mga yan sa loob ng kulongan, isama na mga bata at abogago nila

  • Kaloy

     Para sa akin lang, Kung ano ang malapagpapabilis para mahatulan na ng ang mga kriminal na mag-aamang ito ay dpat gawin. Aba ang mga ninayupak na mag-aamang ito nakikialam pa kung hindi o dpat maging state witness itong backhoe operator na si Bong Andal.

    Ibaba na ang hatol na 58 life sence withput parole sa 3 mag-aamang Ampatuan.

    Iyan ang sigaw ng bayan

  • Your_King

    What is it now…nearing for years and counting and there has been no justice for the massacre victims and their families? It would be terrible if the worst massacre tragedy to hit the country, especially in terms of journalists being killed, didn’t have a conviction during Aquino’s term.

  • isaac

    as long as this monster clan of AMPATUAN are in jail and pose no danger to our civil society, who needs a speedy justice?

    • Fernando

      Don’t you know that the longer they are in jail, the government will spent a lot in their upkeep aside from the court’s time which should be spent to speed up the trials of other cases?

  • Paliwaweng

    What is the problem of these Ampatuans should Bong Andal turn as state witness?

    They are telling everyone that ‘they are not guilty’, so what are they scared of?

    What’s the fuzz in telling the lady judge to reject the bid of Andal?

    Unless of course they have something to be scared of.

    The truth.

    That this witness knows the truth.

    That these Ampatuans are guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    The Ampatuan’s are innocents,

    they were under GMA duty orders and did what she requested,
    in fact the Ampatuan’s are victims, cheated by a fake President.

    Nothing will have happened, if not sponsored by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. LOL

  • Komen To

    They pleaded not guilty, so why stop a witness?

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  • Pok2

    It seems Kangaroo courts delivers more justice in this country.

  • YanoSantos

    Justice delayed.. Justice denied..

  • disqusted0fu

    Why are these Ampatuans still free, roaming around and even appealing to the courts? Oh, that’s right… They were offered immunity just to falsely associate GMA in some of the allegations. Talk about justice and fairness!

  • Fernando

    This Ampatuan clam are really working hard to prevent people in  the know to be witnesses against them.

    Since this grave-digger knows who ordered him to dig the grave will prove who the plotters and the killers are, that’s why they are scrambling to prevent this guy from talking.

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