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 left 58 people dead, including the current governor’s wife and several of his relatives.
Most of the fatalities, however, were members of the media.
Earlier reports said the Ampatuan patriarch, a former governor facing multiple murder charges for the killings, may only have a few months to live after he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
He is presently confined at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City.
“Ang akin doon, doon sa nalalabing buhay ni Andal Ampatuan, mag-sorry man lang [siya],” Mangudadatu said. “Siguro I can even visit him if he will utter some words for the victims of the massacre.”
Those killed in the incident, including 32 journalists, were in a convoy headed to the Commission on Elections office to register Mangudadatu for the 2010 gubernatorial elections.
Like the families of the other victims, Mangudadatu is also hoping for an independent medical evaluation on Andal Sr. to answer questions like if the doctor has really issued a timeframe for his condition.
Ampatuan’s camp has submitted a medical certificate to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221, saying that his cancer is already at an advanced stage and that his chances of survival are slim.
This prompted his sons, Rizaldy (Zaldy) and Andal Jr., as well as grandson Datu Anwar Sahid, also known as Ulo, to request to pay him a visit.
Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Branch 221 gave Zaldy two hours to pay his dad a visit last Thursday, after his own myocardial perfusion imaging procedure at the Philippine Heart Center, where he was confined in 2011 from coronary heart disease.
In a separate order, she also allowed Andal Sr.’s continued confinement at the NKTI. (MNS)