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No letup in quest for justice

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A PUBLIC transport terminal in Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao is empty as the town continues to be a stronghold of Andal Ampatuan Jr., one of the principal accused in the Maguindanao massacre. NICO ALCONABA

Governor Esmael Mangudadatu vowed no letup in the quest for justice for the 58 people, including his wife, who were killed in the Nov. 23, 2009, massacre in this town.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Atrocities etched in Ampatuan turf

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A CONCRETE POST is left of the fence that the Ampatuan clan had erected around farms that the family allegedly forcibly took from residents of Shariff Aguak town. Some residents reportedly joined the Moro rebellion after they failed to get justice. NICO ALCONABA

Wearing a navy blue short-sleeve polo, Zacaria Goma looked like he was on his way to a special event. No one would have guessed that this man had been to war, and is still willing to go to one. He is the head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) 105th Base Command.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Slow pace of justice favors the accused

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International legal expert Harry Roque, who is a  lawyer for some of the relatives of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre, decries the slow pace of the trial of the mass murders in 2009.   Roque says relatives of 14 victims of the massacre nearly agreed to have an out-of-court settlement with the Ampatuans, who [...]

Posted: June 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

QC court dismisses legal challenges of Ampatuans

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A Quezon City court has junked the bids of two Ampatuans challenging their indictment for the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, paving the way for their arraignment.

Posted: June 8th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Ampatuans buck bid of backhoe operator

Site of the Maguindanao massacre. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino orders review of Ampatuans’ LP membership

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President Benigno Aquino III has ordered Liberal Party officials to review the accreditation of Ampatuan clan members who are running for office in Maguindanao under the party, according to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

Posted: November 26th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sen. Arroyo: Focus on massacre brains

Senator Joker Arroyo. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Senator Joker Arroyo on Sunday said state prosecutors should focus on the “masterminds” behind the Maguindanao massacre rather than go after all the 200 suspects, most of whom were simply followers of the Ampatuan clan, and risk prolonging the “trial of the century” for over a hundred years.

Posted: November 26th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Victims’ kin fear political comeback of Ampatuans

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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.

Posted: November 23rd, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Body not found but 58th massacre victim recognized

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Although his body has not been found, Reynaldo Momay, a photojournalist from General Santos City, has been formally recognized by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the 58th victim of the “Maguindanao Massacre” in 2009.

Posted: September 26th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Ampatuans used backhoes in other killings, says witness

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Former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Ampatuans had used backhoes to cover up a number of killings for several years, just like what they did during the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre, a prosecution witness told a Quezon City regional trial court (RTC) Thursday.

Posted: July 13th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Kin of massacre victims hail Supreme Court ruling on Zaldy Ampatuan

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The families of the victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre on Friday hailed the Supreme Court’s decision affirming a lower court’s order to include former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan among the accused in the carnage.

Posted: July 7th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Oops! Witness tags wrong accused in Maguindanao massacre trial

A government witness on Thursday pointed to the wrong accused in the Maguindanao massacre trial when he was asked to identify the former Maguindanao provincial police chief.

Posted: January 27th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Daughter of 58th victim sues Ampatuans

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The family of a photojournalist believed to be the 58th victim in the 2009 Maguidanao massacre has called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to file an additional murder charge against all the accused in the case.

Posted: January 13th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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