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PRIMER ON THE

AMPATUAN
MASSACRE

Background from Bgfons http://bgfons.com/download/2845


(UPDATED AS OF 21 NOVEMBER 2018)
The single, deadliest attack on the press happened on
NOVEMBER 23, 2009 IN AMPATUAN TOWN,
MAGUINDANAO PROVINCE.
WHAT HAPPENED
Genalin Mangudadatu, her sisters-in-law, and their
relatives departed for the municipality of Shariff
Aguak to file the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) of her
husband Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu. Mangudadatu
was running against Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr. for
provincial governor in the 2010 elections.

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TOTAL
NUMBER OF VICTIMS

15
RELATIVES AND SUPPORTERS OF
TOTO MANGUDADATU
Genalin Mangudadatu, Eden
Mangudadatu, Farinah Hassan, Surayda
Bernan, Mamotabai Mangudadatu,
Wahida Kalim, Rowena Ante, Raida Abdul,
Faridah Sabdullah, Pinky Balayman,
Lailani Balayman, Eugene Demillo,
Abdillah Ayada, Rahima Palawan, and
Meriam Calimbol
The Mangudadatu women were accompanied by supporters and
lawyers.

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LAWYERS AND A LAWYER’S DAD
Concepcion Brizuela, Cynthia
Oquendo-Ayon, and Catalino
Oquendo Jr.
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VAN DRIVERS

Journalists and media workers joined them. Mangudadatu’s filing of


his COC was news. The Ampatuan Clan has ruled over the
Maguindanao province in much of the decade, and its members ran
unopposed in past elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim
Mindanao. Mangudadatu, a former Ampatuan ally, invited the
media to cover the filing of his COC in a press conference after the
Kalimudan festival in Sultan Kudarat.
32JOURNALISTS
The Mangudadatu and media convoy never
reached its destination. A few kilometers from
Shariff Aguak, armed men allegedly led by Unsay
Ampatuan stopped the convoy at a police
checkpoint in Barangay Salman. The Group,
Bengie Adolfo, Henry Araneta,
including the journalists and media workers, was
McDelbert Arriola, Rubello Bataluna,
Arturo Betia, Romeo Jimmy Cabillo, brought to a hilltop where all were shot dead. The
Marites Cablitas, Hannibal Cachuela, perpetrators planned to hide the bodies and cars
Jephon Cadagdagon, John Caniban, of the victims in pits dug by a backhoe owned by
Eleanor Dalmacio, Noel Decena, Gina the Maguindanao government.
dela Cruz, Jose Duhay, Jolito Evardo,
Santos Gatchalian Jr., Bienvenido
Legarta Jr., Lindo Lupogan, Ernesto Two other vehicles carrying six people who were
Maravilla, Rey Merisco, Reynaldo not part of the Mangudadatu convoy were
Momay, Marife Montaño, Rosell intercepted at the checkpoint.

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Morales, Victor Nuñez, Joel Parcon,
Ronnie Perante, Fernando Razon,
Alejandro Reblando, Napoleon PASSERS BY
Salaysay, Francisco Subang Jr., Andres
Teodoro, and Daniel Tiamzon Wilhelm Palabrica, Mercy Palabrica,
Eduardo Lichonsito, Cecille Lichonsito,
Daryll Vicent Delos Reyes, and Anthony
Ridao
THE MULTIPLE MURDER CASE The Department of Justice (DOJ) charged

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197 persons including the head of the
Ampatuan Clan, Andal Ampatuan Sr., with
58 counts of murder. The multiple murder
case is being heard at the sala of Judge
Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Branch 221 of the
OFFICIALLY CHARGED Regional Trial Court of Quezon City.

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Out of this number, 117 has been arrested. 80
still at large. 9 already released/dismissed
mostly due to demurrer to evidence. This
includes: PO1 Johannes Draper (charges against
him were dismissed for lack of merit); Sukarno
Badal and Esmael Canapia (both discharged as
state witnesses by the court); PInsp Rex Ariel MEMBERS OF THE AMPATUAN CLAN
Diongon (discharged 25 April 2016); Abas
Anongan (released 27 June 2017); Tumi Timba Andal Ampatuan Sr., Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr.,
Abasa (released 25 September 2017); Kominie Zaldy Ampatuan, Akmad “Tato” Ampatuan Sr.,
Inggo (releases 27 June2017); and Dexson Bahnarin Ampatuan, Sajid Islam Ampatuan,
Sapatula (released 27 June 2017). Anwar Ampatuan Sr., Anwar “Ipi” Ampatuan Jr.,
5 already died. Anwar Sajid “Ulo” Ampatuan, Kanor Ampatuan,
Primary suspect Andal Ampatuan Sr. (died July Mama Ampatuan, Saudi Ampatuan, Harris
2015); Moktar Daud (died September 2016); Maot Ampatuan, Moning Ampatuan, and Norodin
Dumla (died April 2015); SPO1 Eduardo Ong (died Ampatuan
November 2017); PO2 Hernani Decipulo (died
February 2012)
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MEMBER OF PNP AND AFP
including Maguindanao Provincial Police Director
P/Supt. Abusama Maguid, Maguindanao Provincial
Deputy Police Director P/Chief Insp. Sukarno Dicay,
1508th Provincial Mobile Group (PMG) OIC Group
Director P/Insp. Rex Ariel Diongon, 1507th PMG OIC
Group Director P/Insp. Saudi Mukamad, and P/Supt.
Bahnarin Kamaong, brother of Maguindanao
Provincial Administrator Nurie Unas

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MEMBERS OF THE CIVILIAN VOLUNTEERS
ORGANIZATION AND PRIVATE MILITIA OF THE
AMPATUANS

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OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
(excluding the Ampatuans)
Muhamad Sangki (then Sanguniang Bayan Member
of Datu Abdullah Sangki town in Maguindanao) and
Sukarno Badal (then Vice Mayor of Sultan sa
Barongis town in Ampatuan)
EIGHT YEARS
WITHOUT JUSTICE
The trial began in January 2010, with only Unsay Ampatuan as the named
accused. The murder “informations” naming the other accused were filed
only in February 2010, after the DOJ in Manila concluded its preliminary
investigation.
Seventy out of the 112 arraigned accused filed petitions for bail. Forty-two have
been granted bail, most of them members of the 1507th and 1508th Provincial
Mobile Groups of the Philippine National Police. At present, the court is hearing
routine presentations in defense of the suspects who have been charged.

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SPO1 Ali Solano, SPO2 Samad Maguindra, PO3 Gibrael Alano, PO3
Felix Daquilos, PO2 Kendatu Rakim, PO2 Datu Jerry Utto, PO1
Marsman Nilong, PO1 Abdulmanan Saavedra, PO1 Jimmy
Kadtong, PO1 Abdulbayan Mundas, PO1 Badjun Panegas, PO1
Abdurahman Batarasa, PO1 Marjul Julkadi, SPO2 George Labayan,
SPO1 Alimola Guianaton, SPO1 Elizer Rendaje, PO3 Ricky
GRANTED BAIL Balanueco, PO2 Rexson Guiama, PO1 Bensidick Alfonso, PO1
Pendatun Dima, PO1 Ebara Bebot, PO1 Amir Solaiman, PO1
Tamano Sahibal Hadi, PO1 Michael Macarongon, PO1 Mahamad
Balading, PO1 Herich Manisi Amaba, PO3 Rasid Anton, PO3 Felix E.
Eñate Jr., PO1 Esprielito Giano Lejarso, PO1 Narkouk D. Mascud,
SPO1 Eduardo Hermo Ong, PO2 Saudi Pasutan, PO1 Arnulfo
Soriano,PO1 Pia Kamidon, PO3 Abibudin S. Abdulgani, PO2 Hamad
Nana, PO1 Esmael Manuel Guialal, SPO2 Oscar Donato, PO1
Abdula Samma Baguadatu, PO2 Saudiar Alo Ulah, Police Inspector
Michael Joy Macaraeg and Sajid Islam Ampatuan

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Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan, SPO2 George Labayan, SPO1 Samad
Maguindra, PO3 Ricky Balanueco, PO2 Rexson Guiama, PO1
Muhamad Balading, PO1 Marsman Nilong, PO1 Pendaton Dima,
Police Inspector Michael Joy Macaraeg, PO1 Ahmir Solayman, PO1
Sandy Sabang.
OUT ON BAIL
This is just one of the incidents in the continuing killing of journalists and media
workers in the Philippines. CMFR has recorded a total of 164 work-related murders
since 1986.

21 11
killed during the administration
of Cory Aquino
killed during the administration
of Fidel Ramos
6
Killed during the administration
of Joseph Estrada

83 31
killed during the nine-year Killed during the
presidency of Gloria administration of
Macapagal-Arroyo, including Benigno Aquino
the 32 journalists and media
workers killed in the Ampatuan
Massacre

12 killed in the 28 months of


Rodrigo Durterte
administration
17 6
CASES WITH CONVICTION ACQUITTALS

Dionisio Perpetuo Joaquin Elpidio “Ely” Binoya


Nesino Paulin Toling Roger Mariano
Alberto Berbon Fernando Batul
Odilon Mallari Fernando “Batman” Lintuan
Frank Palma Dennis Ramos
Rolando Ureta Crispin Perez
Edgar Damalerio
Rowell Endrinal
Marlene Esperat
Klein Cantoneros
George Benaojan
Armando “Rachman” Pace
Arecio Padrigao
Miguel “Mike” Belen
Gerardo “Doc Gerry” Ortega
Desiderio Camangyan
Herson Hinolan
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