Ampatuans plead not guilty

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The two grandsons of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. yesterday pleaded “not guilty” to the multiple murder case filed against them for their alleged involvement in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

Anwar “Ipi” Ampatuan Jr. and Anwar Sajid “Ulo” Ampatuan entered their plea before Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes during the continuation of court proceedings Wednesday inside Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.

The two were the 102nd and 103rd suspects who entered their plea for the initial 57 counts of murder filed for the massacre.

With their arraignment, only two arrested suspects namely Talembo Masukat and Sahid Guiamadil have yet to be arraigned for the 57 counts of murder. Masukat and Guiamadil both insisted that their apprehension were cases of mistaken identities.


Court records show that a total of 107 suspects out of the 197 people implicated in the massacre have already been arrested by authorities.

Meanwhile, more than a dozen arrested suspects have yet to be arraigned for the 58th murder charge that was filed only in September 2012.

The 58th victim photojournalist Reynaldo “Bebot” Momay remains were never found but his supposed dentures were discovered by a team from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

Jing Villamente

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