49 more suspects charged in Ampatuan Massacre

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 14-01-2015

FORTY-NINE more individuals including local government officials and police officers were charged before the provincial prosecutor of Maguindanao last January 7, 2015 for the planning, execution and cover-up of the 23 November 2009 murder of 52 men and women including 32 journalists and media workers.

Court grants bail petition of accused in 2009 Massacre

 (UPDATED)

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 11-01-2015

A member of the Ampatuan clan allegedly involved in the Nov. 23 2009 Maguindanao Massacre may be temporarily released after the Quezon City trial court hearing the case approved his petition for bail last January 2015. It was the 42nd bail petition granted by presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes. But the bail petitions of two other Ampatuans were denied by the trial judge.

STORIFY: Million Candles Campaign

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Commemoration | Posted on 26-11-2014

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Ampatuan prosecution witness killed, another injured

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 20-11-2014

CMFR/Philippines – A witness for the prosecution in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial was killed and another injured when they were ambushed in Shariff Aguak town, Maguindanao province on 18 November 2014. Denex Sacal and Butch Saudagal were on a tricycle at around 7 p.m. when unidentified men fired at them. Both sustained multiple gunshot […]

FFFJ: Lift the Ban on Media Coverage of the Ampatuan Massacre Trial

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Statement | Posted on 12-11-2014

Is vital information being concealed from the public? STATEMENT OF THE FREEDOM FUND FOR FILIPINO JOURNALISTS A coalition of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the Philippine Center Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), the Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD), and the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), […]

Court grants more bail petitions

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 30-10-2014

CMFR/Philippines – Two weeks after granting bail to 16 police officers accused in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial, Branch 221 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court granted on 27 October 2014 the bail petitions of 25 more accused police officers, finding that the evidence of guilt against the 25 is “not strong.” The court […]

Commission on Appointments confirms army officials’ promotion despite opposition from kin of massacre victims

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 24-10-2014

CMFR/Philippines – The Committee on National Defense of the Philippine Congress’ Commission on Appointments confirmed on 22 October 2014 the promotion of two army officials who played crucial roles in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre. This was despite opposition from the heirs of massacre victims during the committee meeting. Maguindanao Rep. Zaid Mangudadatu, kin of several […]

Court grants bail for 16 accused police officers

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 17-10-2014

CMFR/Philippines – Branch 221 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court granted the bail petitions of 16 police officers accused in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre trial on 13 October 2014 on the basis of a finding that the evidence of guilt against the 16 is weak. The court set bail at PHP200,000 (approximately USD4,500) for […]

Ampatuan finds new lawyer

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 25-09-2014

CMFR/Philippines – One of the primary accused in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre, Andal “Datu Unsay” Ampatuan, has a new defense counsel. In the 24 September 2014 hearing, lawyer Salvador Panelo entered an appearance as Datu Unsay’s new defense counsel. Datu Unsay and more than a hundred others, including his father, Andal Ampatuan Sr., are accused […]

Journalists barred from covering Ampatuan Massacre trial

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 23-09-2014

CMFR/Philippines – Policemen barred journalists from covering the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre trialproceedings on 17 September 2014.  No immediate reason was given. Neither were the journalists told whether the directive was from the police, the jail management bureau, or the court. Read more here.