Ampatuan massacre trial hearings to finish by year-end: top judge

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Trial hearings of defendants accused of the massacre of 58 people in the Philippines will finish by the end of the year, the country’s chief justice vowed Thursday. Prosecution and defense lawyers will finish presenting evidence by the end of 2015,...

Maguindanao Massacre widows ‘cannot forgive’ Ampatuan Sr.

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Widows of victims of the Philippines’ worst political massacre said Saturday that they could not forgive a powerful clan warlord who was one of the main suspects in the case, after he died in hospital. Andal Ampatuan Sr., patriarch of the powerful...

Mangudadatu on Andal Ampatuan Sr.: May he rest in peace

MANILA (Mabuhay) — “May Andal Ampatuan Sr. rest in peace.” This was the message of Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, rival of Ampatuan, on Saturday after the latter’s death Friday. Mangudadatu, however, said his family as well as the kin of other...

Mangudadatu ready to visit Andal Sr. if he will apologize for Maguindanao massacre

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu said he is ready to visit ailing Andal Ampatuan Sr., principal suspect in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, if he will apologize to the victims. Mangudadatu is hoping Andal Sr. will say sorry for the incident, which...

DOJ defends move to place Akmad Ampatuan under WPP

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) defended its move to place former Datu Salibo, Maguindanao Mayor Akmad Ampatuan under its custody by virtue of his Witness Protection Program (WPP) coverage. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said Akmad is a “key...

Andal Sr. camp denies clan ‘private army’ involved in Mamasapano clash

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Maguindanao massacre suspect Andal Ampatuan Sr. has denied that his clan’s supposed private armed group had a hand in the deadly January 25 Mamasapano clash that killed over 60 people, including 44 elite police commandos. The clan patriarch, through his lawyer...

Ampatuan patriarch’s men involved in Mamasapano clash, AFP says

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Saturday confirmed the involvement of the private armed group of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. in a firefight with the Philippine National Police Special Action Force in Mamasapano town in...

Media groups hit temporary liberty for Maguindanao massacre suspect

MANILA, Mar 10 (Mabuhay) – At least three media groups have criticized the Quezon City court order giving Andal Ampatuan Sr.’s son and massacre suspect Datu Sajid Islam temporary freedom. In separate statements, the National Press Club of the Philippines, the National Union of...

SC upholds ban on live coverage of Maguindanao massacre trial

MANILA, Jan 14 (Mabuhay) – The Supreme Court has upheld its earlier ruling barring radio and television coverage of the five-year-old Maguindanao multiple murder trial. SC Public Information Office chief and spokesman Theodore Te said the high court denied motions for...

House OKs bill declaring Maguindanao massacre anniversary as PHL Press Day

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A measure declaring the anniversary of the infamous Maguindanao massacre as Philippine Press Freedom Day has been approved by the House of Representatives on third and final reading. Under House Bill 4128, every 23rd of November shall be commemorated as a day...
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