Zaldy Ampatuan seeks permission to attend son’s graduation in Cotabato City


Zaldy Ampatuan AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Former governor Zaldy Ampatuan, an accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case, is asking permission to travel to Cotabato City to attend the graduation of his eldest son.

In a two-page pleading, Ampatuan, who is detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, urged a Quezon City court to allow him a few hours to be with his son.

Ampatuan added that he is willing to post a travel bond with the amount to be set by Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221.

The former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said he wished to attend the graduation of his son, Prince Sufri Norabbie Amapatuan, 19, at the Albert Einstein School in Cotabato City on Mar. 24.

Ampatuan filed the motion Wednesday morning, asking that the court set it for hearing on Mar. 11.

“Accused has no intention to escape incarceration or this court’s jurisdiction and he has every intention to prove that the accusation(s) against him are without basis in fact and law,” he said through his lawyer Ashlin Clint Co.

The former governor is one of 195 accused in the grisly killing of 58 people—including 32 media workers and several female relatives of incumbent Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu—in Ampatuan town on Nov. 23, 2009.

Ampatuan said his son, an officer of the school’s government, will also be given an award for leadership. He promised to return immediately after the commencement exercises.

“Accused, why by his incarceration did not cease to be a good father of the family, seeks this court’s permission to attend and travel for the graduation of his eldest son and to return immediately thereafter using the fastest means of transportation available,” the accused said in his motion.

Ampatuan also pledged to shoulder all the travel, board and lodging expenses of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology who will escort him.

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  • Jhon

    Pinatay mo ang kapwa pinoy, bakit hindi mo kalabanin ang mga malaysians?

  • Night

    sa sabah ka mag punta zaldy para ikaw tamaan nung mig 29!

  • Anna Gwyneth Sorio

    Yung iba bang preso may ganyang previllege? Yung holdapper nga na may anak na gagradwyet din hindi pinapayagan, tapos ikaw na mas murderer, pwede. 

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    “He promised to return immediately after the commencement exercises.”

    That can mean after the commencement exercises in the year 2030. Of the same school, Albert Einstein School.  Time being relative, as conveniently left unstated by his lawyer.

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  • w4d

    LOL…maganda rin kung payagan siya para masmadali nilang tirahin.

  • dodot24

    Lahat ng mga prisoner na may anak na gra graduate puwede nang  lumabas  ganoon ba?

  • Sarrah

    TSK,TSK,TSK marami talagang pera….ano ka bale,dinggoyin mo lolo mong panot,mabulok ka sa bilangguan,hayoppppppppppppppppppppp

  • Melvin

    Kung yung magnanakaw na si Ailing Gloria dating presidente yon, hindi pinayagan sa Pampanga mag-Christmas ikaw pa kaya na ang kaso ay pagpatay sa hindi isa, hindi dalawa, hindi rin tatlo, apat, lima, anim ,,,, kundi 57 na tao… At saka mayor ka lang. Dati… Manigas ka ngayon diyan. Ang mga halimaw na hayop ang mga puso ay walang puwang sa labas ng rehas na bakal… Pasalamat ka at buhay ka pa hanggang ngayon…

    • AllaMo

      Amo(ama?) niya si gloring…

  • Melvin

    “Ampatuan added that he is willing to post a travel bond with the amount to be set by Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221. ”

    Walang ipinangangahas kundi yung kanilang nakaw na yaman… Demonyo ka! Dapat sinisilaban ng buhay ang angkan nyo….


    MOTION denied.  So ordered.

  • MangDolphy

    To Judge Solis-Reyes: Sana huwag naman pagbigyan to. Please.

  • F alonso

    Dream on Baby boy.You buried live victims,now you will attend your son’s graduation?
    Why not simply say you want to escape,that’s not hard to understand boy.

  • aeon888

    Set the Travel bond to 2 Billion pesos and then when they show up with their cash to pay the bond, immediately confiscate the money since that is stolen funds from the Pork Barrel and don’t let the guy out. They are still hiding around 10 billion pesos of stolen funds.

    • buttones

      Well he could very likely raise the 2 billion anyway, in cash. About the same as you or I raising a thousand- I’d say 200 billion is about right, in cash, and put tracking devices on all his limbs, or better yet just deny him seeing his princely son graduate— dear oh dear… isn’t that sad….The victims of his alleged mass murder will never see their children graduate- why should he?

  • AllaMo

    I cannot choose which is more makapal and malaswa, the client or the lawyers. Sana kunin na lang silang lahat sabay-sabay nang lord taning nila.

  • Eric

    Et et mo….

  • buttones

    Well lets hope this audacious request [in my opinion] is denied. The man is the alleged mastermind behind one of the worst mass murders this nation has ever seen… the kid is a Prince? Is he a prince? What is this child a prince of- is his father, an alleged mass murderer a king also? Or is this just a given name like the singer formally known as Prince who is now a symbol? A prince eh? A ’royal highness’ – wow! I’m impressed, [ok ’impressed’ is not quite the right word] , I’ve come over all of a dither- I think I’m going to swoon………..I wonder what this ’prince’ knew about this mass murder- when you live in a palace things tend to get overheard, offspring, servants, butlers, the downstairs maids, and the upstairs one as well all have ears….Maybe they take an oath of allegiance on pain of death?

  • whyinthisworld

    Why waste money, time and effort just to think on the part of the court on how request of this murderer could be accommodated. Instead, this ampatuan should be shoot point blank. What are we waiting for, allow him to go out of cell and we will never see him again. 

    • buttones

      First of all, you really shouldn’t call this dismal man a ‘murderer’ – an ‘alleged murderer’ yes- which is basically the same thing but avoids litigation when it comes to libel. Why waste time and money? Good question- I have no answer, it might be the fact that the poor child of the accused is actually a prince! [Yawn….] And I might add, this case will become part of our lives and our history long after we have gone, it will still be going on- Imelda a case in point. Our Justice system hardly resolves cases, there are few definite conclusions, and even if there were, it hardly matters, many a convict is free to seek government office, and indeed is welcomed for that conviction, Estrada, Trillanes and too few too mention…

      • whyinthisworld

         Nice grief ha. Next time I will be more careful choosing the right words although it has the same bold meaning like a “murderer” or “an alleged murderer” which is a reality, accept the facts or not ampatuans were the ones who initiated the killings and therefore, calling them as such is a short and appropriate conviction. I blame the legal perplexity per se in this country which makes the litigants wait and spend money or even nail their palm to meet justice. Where is justice? You have mentioned personalities holding top position in this government and take note so very, very rich pa. Right?     

      • buttones

        Seems we are kindred spirits- I was of course being very pedantic and giving credence to this ‘ innocent until proved guilty’ thingy, an assumption of ‘innocence’- well you know what I meant…. Where is ‘justice’ ? I have no idea- Should people be regarded as having fundamental moral rights, quite independently of law? If so, how should we decide what those rights are? In the case of this guy seeing his child graduate for example? Somebody one said [forget who] that we owe respect to the living, and to the dead we owe nothing but the truth, will this ‘truth’ be paid to the victims of this slaughter? I doubt it…. It’s a sad thing to say but I doubt it, I’ve got Imelda and her lot, and far too many to mention hanging like an albatross round the neck of this country- I’m, not optimistic. On the boys with their pennies, the ‘rich lot’ well if there were no buyers…nobody willing to sell themselves for as pittance—- it might work- but there always is, when I go out and feed my pets pigs in a morning, I rattle my stick in the bucket, and they come running… I’m always reminded of my Congress- odd no?

      • whyinthisworld

         Nice comment. Thanks

      • buttones

        You are very welcome…..

  • Albarirex

    HUWAG PO NINYO PAPAYAGAN SI ZALDY AMPATUAN NA MAKAALIS SA KULUNGAN, Madam Judge….it will set a precedent for other AMPATUAN.  KASAMA NA YAN ( na hindi makadalo sa graduation ng anak niya ) sa kaparusahan. Hayaan niyo matikman niya ang sakit ng damdamin, tulad din ng mga damdamin ng mga kaanak na pinatay ng mga AMPATUAN


    Baka mapagaya sa Chinse Drug Lord sa Cavite na Kinidnap ng 20 armadong lalaki na hindi na nakita mula noon..Ang per ng naman oh,sasagutin pa ang gastos ng BJMP,High risk offender ka dapat di ka nglalalabas..pede rin nman makalbas ung pag balik eh bangkay na at ibaon din gamit ang backhoe

  • Farina Camsa


  • Farina Camsa

    payagan nyu na! para naman sa anak nya!

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