Friday, November 27, 2009

Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. Denied Any Involvement in Maguindanao Massacre

Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. is now on the hands of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Headquarters for further investigation. The Philippine National Police tagged him as one of the suspects in maguindanao mass murder.

Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr
Unhandcuffed massacre suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr., center, is led by Sec. Jesus Dureza, right, to an inquest in General Santos City Thursday. AP

After turning himself in to authorities for investigation, Andal Ampatuan Jr., the prime suspect in Monday’s massacre of at least 57 people in Maguindanao province, denied any involvement on allegations that he was behind the gruesome massacre of Buluan Vice Mayor Ismael Mangudadatu’s relatives, aides, and many journalists.

Ampatuan insisted he is not the mastermind over the killings in his home province of Maguindanao, where his family has been a dominant political force for decades.

Maguindanao Massacre has been dubbed as one of the most brutal politically-motivated killings in Philippine history.

The massacre occurred after about 100 Ampatuan gunmen allegedly abducted a convoy of aides and relatives of a rival politician, Esmael Mangudadatu, plus a group of journalists.

The victims were snatched as they were traveling in a six-vehicle convoy to file Certificate of Candidacy of Mangudadatu as the opposition candidate for provincial governor in next year’s national elections. They were shot and dumped in shallow graves on a remote farming road close to a town bearing the Ampatuan name. The vehicles of victims were also buried to hide evidence. The wife of Esmael Mangudadatu, Genalyn was raped and her body was mutilated, all the women in the group had been raped before geing killed. One of the female victim was pregnant. Mangudadatu said that the killers are monsters.

Fifty-seven bodies have been recovered so far.

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