Maguindanao massacre suspect sent back to jail

December 17, 2019

THE Quezon City regional trial court yesterday ordered the immediate return  of former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Zaldy Ampatuan to the Quezon City Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

The Maguindanao massacre suspect has been confined at the posh Makati Medical Center due to a heart ailment.

Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes said that there was already no need for Ampatuan to remain hospitalized as he can now receive treatment as an out-patient.

Reyes ordered the jail warden of the QC Jail to transport Ampatuan back to his detention cell.

“The court finds that there is no longer any need for accused-movant to remain in the hopsital as the procedure during rehabilitation session can be done to him as an out-patient.

“Accordingly, the Jail Warden of the Quzon City Jail Annex, Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City is hereby directed to immediately transport accused-movant Zaldy Ampatuan to the said detention facility,” the order read.

Ampatuan was one of the principal accused in the infamous Maguindanao massacre where 58 individuals including 32 media workers were killed in cold-blood.

The court is set to announce the verdict in the case on Thursday.

Members of the Ampatuan clan are facing criminal charges for allegedly masterminding the cold-blooded killing.

The victims that included the wife of Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu were in a convoy headed to Shariff Aguak town to file Mangudadatu’s certificate of candidacy for the May 2010 elections.

A group of armed men stopped the convoy, shot them dead and used a backhoe to bury them while they were still in the vehicles.

There were a total of 197 accused in the massacre for multiple murders, including prime suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr.

Aside from Ampatuan Jr., others accused of the same charges were his father, the late Andal Ampatuan Sr., and his brothers Zaldy and Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan.