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.

Ampatuan daughter is first defense witness

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 17-09-2014

CMFR/Philippines – Former governor Zaldy Ampatuan, accused in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre trial, presented on 17 September 2014 his 17-year old daughter as his first witness in support of his bail petition. Zaldy’s daughter testified that her father was in Davao City on 21 and 22 November 2009, two days prior to the massacre. She […]

Missing the point: the media focus on bribery allegations in the Ampatuan Massacre trial

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Analysis | Posted on 22-08-2014

The media dropped the ball in reporting the controversial motion of the state prosecutors to rest in the presentation of “evidence-in-chief” (evidence to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt) in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial, which is still hearing the bail petitions of some of the accused. The media instead focused on bribery allegations rather than on […]