BULUAN, MAGUINDANAO: Provincial Governor Esmael Mangudadatu on Tuesday said that he wished Andal Ampatuan Sr., the accused mastermind of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, would at least “repent” for his actions in the past.
The governor even promised to visit the elder Ampatuan, who is reported to have been diagnosed with liver cancer, but clarified that justice should still be served.
“Ang akin doon, sana doon sa nalalabing buhay ni Andal Ampatuan ay sana mag sorry man lang at magrepent, siguro [For me, I hope that in the remaining days in the life of Andal Ampatuan is that he says sorry and that he repents, maybe] I can even visit him if he will utter some words to the victims of the Maguindanao massacre,” Mangudadatu said.
“Being as one of the victims, that is my own opinion and I think other victims could also say, ok, inamin mo naman, nagsorry ka, but justice still will be served,” he clarified.
Gov. Mangudadatu lost his wife, two sisters, two female lawyers and other relatives in the Maguindanao massacre wherein 58 people, 32 of them journalists were allegedly killed by armed men led by Ampatuan.
He also said that he consulted his lawyers to file a request to scrutinize and verify the reported health status of the prime suspect, Ampatuan Senior.