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# Name Date of Death News Organization
City/town,
Province of Killing
Trial Status
1 Pete Mabazza April 24, 1986 Manila Bulletin
Alcala or
Tuguegarao City,
Cagayan
no update
2 Wilfredo Vicoy April 25, 1986 Reuters
Alcala or
Tuguegarao City,
Cagayan
no update
3 Virgilio Pacala March 24, 1987 Manila Hotline
San Pablo City,
Laguna
no update
4
Dionisio Perpetuo
Joaquin
April 12, 1987 Olongapo News
Olongapo City,
Zambales
with conviction
5 Narciso Balani August 27, 1987 dxRA
Davao City, Davao
del Sur
no update
6 Rogie Zagado August 27, 1987 dxRA
Davao City, Davao
del Sur
no update
7 Leo Palo August 27, 1987 dxRA
Davao City, Davao
del Sur
no update
8 Cesar Maglalang August 27, 1987 dxRA
Davao City, Davao
del Sur
no update
9 Martin Castor August 28, 1987 Pilipino Ngayon Manila no update
10 Ramon Noblejas October 4, 1987 dyVL
Tacloban City,
Leyte
no update
11 Leo Enriquez III October 10, 1987
Kyodo news service,
Washington Times,
People’s Journal
Cebu City, Cebu no update
12 Noel Miranda March 29, 1988 Mindanao Scanner
Tagum City, Davao
del Norte
no update
13 Ruben Manrique August 12, 1988 Luzon Tribune
Balanga City,
Bataan
dismissed at the
trial court
14 Josef Aldeguer Nava October 30, 1988
Visayan Life Today,
dyRP
Iloilo City, Iloilo no update
15 Severino Arcones October 17, 1989 dyFM-Bombo Radyo Iloilo City, Iloilo no update
16 Eddie Telan December 1, 1989 Newscaster Quezon City no update
17 Enrique Lingan February 4, 1990
The Luzon Times,
The Midway Star
Lucena City,
Quezon
no update
18 Joseph "Joe" Kreuger February 6, 1990
Mindoro Weekly
Reporter
Pinamalayan,
Oriental Mindoro
no update
19 Reynaldo Catindig, Sr. May 15, 1990
Northern Sierra
Madre Express
Timauini, Isabela no update
20 Jean Ladringan July 8, 1990 Southern Star
General Santos
City, South
Cotabato
no update
21 Nesino Paulin Toling April 14, 1991 Panguil Bay Monitor
Ozamiz, Misamis
Occidental
with conviction
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22 Danilo Vergara July 1, 1992 Philippine Post
Iligan City, Lanao
del Norte
no update
23 Abdulajid "Jade" Ladja July 2, 1992 Prenza Zamboanga
Zamboanga City,
Zamboanga del
Sur
no update
24 Greg Hapalla September 21, 1992 dxAS
Zamboanga City,
Zamboanga del
Sur
no update
25 Gloria Martin December 2, 1992 dxXX Isabela, Basilan no update
26
Romeo Andrada
Legaspi
January 11, 1993 Voice of Zambales
Olongapo City,
Zambales
no update
27 Ferdinand Reyes February 12, 1996 Press Freedom
Dipolog City,
Zamboanga del
Norte
no update
28 Alberto Berbon December 15, 1996 dzMM Imus, Cavite with conviction
29 Daniel Hernandez June 3, 1997
People's Journal
Tonight
Quezon City no update
30 Regalado Mabazza December 17, 1997
Polaris Cable
Network
Cauayan, Isabela no update
31 Odilon Mallari February 15, 1998 dxCP
General Santos
City, South
Cotabato
with conviction /
archived (for other
suspects)
32 Rey Bancairin March 29, 1998 dxLL
Zamboanga City,
Zamboanga del
Sur
no update
33
Dominador "Dom"
Bentulan
October 30, 1998 dxGS
Digos City, Davao
del Sur
no update
34 Bienvenido Dasal January 21, 1999 dxKR Radyo Agong
Koronadal, South
Cotabato
no update
35 Frank Palma April 25, 1999 dwYB-Bombo Radyo
Bacolod City,
Negros Occidental
with conviction
36 Vincent Rodriguez May 23, 2000 dzMM
Guagua,
Pampanga
case filed; no
update
37 Olimpio Jalapit November 17, 2000 dxPR
Pagadian City,
Zamboanga del
Sur
no update
38 Rolando Ureta January 3, 2001 dyKR Lezo, Aklan
with conviction
(accomplice
convicted of
homicide, gunman
cleared due to
being dead)
39 Mohammad Yusoph February 24, 2001 dxID
Pagadian City,
Zamboanga del
Sur
under investigation
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40
Candelario “Jhun”
Cayona
May 30, 2001 dxLL
Zamboanga City,
Zamboanga del
Sur
dismissed at the
trial court
41 Dennis Ramos August 24, 2001 Boses (tabloid)
Bacoor City,
Cavite
dismissed at the
trial court
42 Edgar Damalerio May 13, 2002
dxKP, Zamboanga
Scribe, Mindanao
Gold Star
Pagadian City,
Zamboanga del
Sur
with conviction
43
Rhode Sonny Esguerra
Alcantara
August 22, 2002
Kokus, Celestron
Cable TV
San Pablo City,
Laguna
cold case; suspects
killed
44
John Belen Villanueva,
Jr.
April 28, 2003 dzGB Camalig, Albay no update
45
Apolinario "Polly"
Pobeda
May 17, 2003 dwTI
Lucena City,
Quezon
ongoing trial
46 Bonifacio Gregorio July 8, 2003 Dyaryo Banat La Paz, Tarlac
widow no longer
pursuing case
47 Noel Villarante August 19, 2003
The Laguna Score,
dzJV
Sta. Cruz, Laguna
dismissed at the
trial court
48 Rico Ramirez August 20, 2003 dxSF
San Francisco,
Agusan del Sur
preliminary
investigation
49 Juan "Jun" Pala September 6, 2003 dxGO
Davao City, Davao
del Sur
no update
50 Nelson Nadura December 2, 2003 dyME
Masbate City,
Masbate
ongoing trial; other
suspects at-large
51 Rowell Endrinal February 11, 2004 dzRC, Metro News Legazpi City, Albay with conviction
52 Elpidio “Ely” Binoya June 17, 2004 dzRH Radyo Natin
General Santos
City, South
Cotabato
acquittal
53 Roger Mariano July 31, 2004 dzJC
San Nicolas, Ilocos
Norte
acquittal
54 Arnnel Manalo August 5, 2004
dzRH, Bulgar,
Dyaryo Veritas
Bauan, Batangas
dismissed at the
trial court and
Ombudsman;
accused gunman
killed
55 Romeo Binungcal September 29, 2004
Remate, Bulgar, Mt.
Samat Forum
Sta. Rosa, Pilar,
Bataan
no update
56
Eldy Gabinales, aka
Eldy Sablas
October 19, 2004 dxJR-FM Radio Real
Tandag, Surigao
del Sur
no update
57 Gene Boyd Lumawag November 12, 2004 MindaNews Jolo, Sulu
archived: suspects
killed
58 Herson Hinolan November 15, 2004 dyIN - Bombo Radyo Kalibo, Aklan ongoing trial
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59 Marlene Esperat March 24, 2005 The Midland Review
Tacurong City,
Sultan Kudarat
with conviction /
archived: case
against
masterminds
60 Klein Cantoneros May 4, 2005 dxAA
Dipolog City,
Zamboanga del
Norte
with conviction
61 Philip Agustin May 10, 2005
Starline Times
Recorder
Dingalan, Aurora
archived (for other
suspects) / case
against alleged
mastermind
dismissed
62 Rolando Morales July 3, 2005 dxMD
Polomolok, South
Cotabato
archived
63 Ricardo Uy November 18, 2005 dzRS-AM
Sorsogon City,
Sorsogon
archived
64 Robert Ramos November 20, 2005 Katapat Cabuyao, Laguna archived
65 George Benaojan December 1, 2005 dyDD Talisay City, Cebu with conviction
66 Rolly Cañete January 20, 2006 dxPR
Pagadian City,
Zamboanga del
Sur
dismissed at the
trial court
67 Orlando Mendoza April 2, 2006
Tarlac Profile, Tarlac
Patrol
Tarlac City, Tarlac under investigation
68 Fernando Batul May 22, 2006 dyPR
Puerto Princesa
City, Palawan
acquittal
69 George Vigo June 19, 2006 dxND
Kidapawan,
Cotabato
preliminary
investigation
70 Maricel Alave-Vigo June 19, 2006 dxND
Kidapawan,
Cotabato
preliminary
investigation
71
Armando “Rachman”
Pace
July 18, 2006 dxDS
Digos City, Davao
del Sur
with conviction
72
Carmelo "Mark"
Palacios
April 18, 2007 dzRB
Sta. Rosa, Nueva
Ecija
cold case
73
Fernando "Batman"
Lintuan
December 24, 2007 dxGO
Davao City, Davao
del Sur
acquittal
74 Marcos Mataro April 27, 2008 UNTV
San Simon toll
gate, North Luzon
Expressway,
Pampanga
preliminary
investigation
75 Fausto "Bert" Sison June 30, 2008 dzAT Sariaya, Quezon
dismissed at the
trial court;
insufficient
evidence against
suspects
76 Martin Roxas August 7, 2008 dyVR Roxas City, Capiz ongoing trial
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77 Dennis Cuesta August 9, 2008 dxMD
General Santos
City, South
Cotabato
archived (2011)
78 Arecio Padrigao November 17, 2008 dxRS - Radyo Natin
Gingoog City,
Misamis Oriental
with conviction for
another suspect
(pled guilty to
homicide) /
ongoing trial for
one
79 Leo Mila December 2, 2008
Radyo Natin, En
Peryodista
San Roque,
Northern Samar
no update
80 Ernesto Rollin February 23, 2009 dxSY
Oroquieta City,
Misamis
Occidental
ongoing trial
81
Tiburcio "Jojo" Trajano
Jr.
June 3, 2009 Remate Taytay, Rizal
case filed; suspects
killed
82 Crispin Perez June 9, 2009 dwDO
San Jose City,
Occidental
Mindoro
ongoing trial
83 Antonio Castillo June 12, 2009 Bigwas (tabloid) Uson, Masbate archived
84 Godofredo Linao July 27, 2009 Radyo Natin-Bislig
Barobo, Surigao
del Sur
archived
85 Bengie Adolfo November 23, 2009 Gold Star Daily
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
86 Henry Araneta November 23, 2009 dzRH
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
87
Mc Delbert "Mac-mac"
Arriola
November 23, 2009 UNTV
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
88 Rubello Bataluna November 23, 2009 Gold Star Daily
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
89 Arturo Betia November 23, 2009 Periodico Ini
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
90
Romeo Jimmy "Pal-
ak"Cabillo
November 23, 2009 The Midland Review
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
91 Marchites Cablitas November 23, 2009
News Focus, RPN -
dxDX
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
92 Hannibal Cachuela November 23, 2009
Manila Star, Punto
News
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
93 Jephon Cadagdagon November 23, 2009
Saksi Mindanaoan
News
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
94 John Caniban November 23, 2009
Periodico Ini, Sultan
Kudarat Gazette
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
95
Eleanor "Leah"
Dalmacio
November 23, 2009 Socsksargen Today
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
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96 Noel Decena November 23, 2009 Periodico Ini, Rapido
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
97 Gina dela Cruz November 23, 2009
Saksi Mindanaoan
News
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
98 Jose "Jhoy"Duhay November 23, 2009 Gold Star Daily
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
99 Jolito Evardo November 23, 2009 UNTV
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
100 Santos Gatchalian Jr. November 23, 2009
Mindanao Daily
Gazette
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
101 Bienvenido Legarta Jr. November 23, 2009 Periodico Ini
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
102 Lindo Lupogan November 23, 2009
Mindanao Daily
Gazette
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
103
Ernesto "Bombo Bart"
Maravilla
November 23, 2009
Bombo Radyo-
Koronadal City
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
104 Rey Merisco November 23, 2009
Periodico Ini, Tingog
MindaNOW
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
105
Reynaldo "Bebot"
Momay
November 23, 2009 The Midland Review
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
106
Marife "Neneng"
Montaño
November 23, 2009
Saksi Mindanaoan
News, dxCP
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
107 Rosell Morales November 23, 2009 News Focus
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
108 Victor Nuñez November 23, 2009 UNTV
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
109 Joel Parcon November 23, 2009 Pronterra News
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
110 Ronnie Perante November 23, 2009 Gold Star Daily
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
111
Fernando "Ranny"
Razon
November 23, 2009 Periodico Ini
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
112
Alejandro "Bong"
Reblando
November 23, 2009
Manila Bulletin,
Reuters
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
113 Napoleon Salaysay November 23, 2009 Clear View Gazette
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
114
Francisco "Ian" Subang
Jr.
November 23, 2009 Socsksargen Today
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
115
Andres "Andy"
Teodoro
November 23, 2009
Mindanao Inquirer,
People's Forum
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
116 Daniel Tiamzon November 23, 2009 UNTV
Ampatuan,
Maguindanao
ongoing trial
117 Ismael Pasigna December 24, 2009 B- 96 FM
Labason,
Zamboanga del
Norte
ongoing trial
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118
Desiderio "Jessie"
Camangyan
June 14, 2010 Sunrise FM
Manay, Davao
Oriental
ongoing trial
119 Jovelito Agustin June 16, 2010 dzJC
Laoag City, Ilocos
Norte
ongoing trial
120 Nestor Bedolido June 19, 2010
Mt. Apo Current,
Kastigador
Digos City, Davao
del Sur
preliminary
investigation
121 Miguel "Mike" Belen July 31, 2010 dwEB-FM
Nabua, Camarines
Sur
ongoing trial
122
Gerardo "Doc Gerry"
Ortega
January 24, 2011 dwAR
Puerto Princesa
City, Palawan
with
conviction/ongoing
trial for
masterminds
123 Marlina Sumera March 24, 2011 dzME Malabon City
preliminary
investigation;
suspects at-large
124 Romeo Olea June 13, 2011 dwEB-FM
Iriga City,
Camarines Sur
no case filed yet
125 Niel Jimena August 22, 2011 dyRI
Enrique B.
Magalona, Negros
Occidental
ongoing trial
126 Roy Gallego October 14, 2011 dxDA / dxSF/ dxJM
Lianga, Surigao del
Sur
archived
127 Antonio Silagon December 19, 2011
Bohol Balita Daily
News
Trinidad City,
Bohol
ongoing trial
128 Aldion Layao April 8, 2012 dxRP
Davao City, Davao
del Sur
ongoing trial
129 Rommel Palma April 30, 2012 dxMC Bombo Radyo
Koronadal City,
South Cotabato
no case filed yet
130 Nestor Libaton May 8, 2012 dxHM
Mati CIty, Davao
Oriental
ongoing trial
131 Julius Ceasar Cauzo November 8, 2012 dwJJ
Cabanatuan City,
Nueva Ecija
under investigation
132 Edgardo Adajar January 2, 2013 HOT FM 101.5
San Pablo City,
Laguna
case filed; suspects
at large
133
Miguelito "Mike"
Rueras
June 2, 2013 dyDD
Pio V. Corpuz,
Masbate
no case filed;
suspect found
killed
134 Bonifacio Loreto Jr. July 30, 2013 Aksyon Ngayon Quezon City
case filed, suspects
at large
135 Richard Kho July 30, 2013 Aksyon Ngayon Quezon City
case filed, suspects
at large
136 Mario Sy August 1, 2013 Sapol News Bulletin
General Santos
City, South
Cotabato
under investigation
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137
Fernando "Nanding"
Solijon
August 29, 2013 dxLS
Iligan City, Lanao
del Norte
case filed; suspect
at large; other
suspect was found
dead
138 Vergel Bico September 4, 2013 Kalahi
Calapan City,
Oriental Mindoro
under investigation
139 Jesus "Jessie" Tabanao September 14, 2013 dyRC Cebu City, Cebu under investigation
140 Joash (Joas) Dignos November 29, 2013 dxGT
Valencia City,
Bukidnon
case filed against
one suspect; all
suspects at large
141 Rogelio "Tata" Butalid December 11, 2013
Radyo Natin Tagum
107.9
Tagum City, Davao
del Norte
case filed; suspect
at large
142 Robelita "Ruby" Garcia April 6, 2014 Remate, dwAD
Bacoor City,
Cavite
under investigation
143
Richard "DJ Troy"
Nadjid
May 4, 2014
dxNN 92.5
Powermix FM
Bongao, Tawi-
Tawi
under investigation
144
Samuel "Sammy"
Oliverio
May 23, 2014
dsDS 1161 Radyo
Ukay
Digos City, Davao
del Sur
preliminary
investigation
145 Nilo Baculo Sr. June 9, 2014 dwIM 936
Calapan City,
Oriental Mindoro
under investigation


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