BULUAN, Maguindanao: Maguindanao Governor Esmael Toto Mangudadatu has appealed to the Department of Justice, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the court to prevent the primary suspects in the Maguindanao massacre from using mobile phones.
Mangudadatu issued the appeal after a government official decided to stand witness against his relatives, former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his sons Andal Jr. and Zaldy, all detained at Taguig Detention Center.
”He will tell all he knows of the massacre,” said Mangudadatu of former Mayor Akmad Ampatuan of Datu Salibo town in Maguindanao.
The former official was wounded, along with four other relatives, when they were ambushed Wednesday afternoon in Barangay Bagan, Guindulungan, Maguindanao.
Unidentified men opened fire on the vehicle they were riding at about 3 p.m.
Mangudadatu said the ambush was clearly connected with Akmad Ampatuan’s decision to appear as witness of the prosecution of the Maguinanao massacre trial.
The Maguindanao governor said as long as the detained Ampatuans are able to use mobile phones they can easily direct their men to execute prosecution witnesses in Maguindanao.
“As long as they continue to use mobile phones, I cannot guarantee the safety of our witnesses here,” Mangudadatu told a local TV channel Friday.
Early this month, a potential witness was shot dead in Barnagay Bagong, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao in what Mangudadatu believed was motivated by his desire to stand witness for the prosecution. PNA