Andal Ampatuan Jr.

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Andal Ampatuan Jr.
Born (1976-08-15) 15 August 1976 (age 40)
Philippines
Other names Datu Unsay
Occupation Former Mayor of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao
Criminal charge Indicted on seven criminal counts, including multiple mass murder,[1] treason, disloyalty to the Philippines, high treason, bribery
Criminal status Detained at the National Bureau of Investigation Building, Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Spouse(s) Bai Reshal Santiago-Ampatuan
Parent(s) Gov. Datu Andal S. Ampatuan Sr. (father)
Bai Laila Uy-Ampatuan (mother)

Andal Ampatuan Jr. (born August 15, 1976[2][3]) is the former mayor of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, charged with multiple mass murder. He is the son of patriarch Andal Ampatuan Sr., and his family continues to represent a powerful force in Mindanao politics.[4] His brother, Zaldy Ampatuan, was the regional governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Accused in 2009 Maguindanao massacre

Ampatuan came to international attention in November 2009 as a result of the Maguindanao massacre. He was to run for governor of the province against Esmael Mangudadatu in the 2010 elections. However, Mangudadatu's female relatives and a group of journalists were ambushed and killed in the massacre, and Ampatuan quickly became the prime suspect.[5] A member of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD party, he and his father and brother were expelled by party chairman Gilberto Teodoro due to the massacre.[6] He surrendered to Filipino authorities and was charged with murder.[7] He has denied any involvement,[8] though several witnesses have gone on record stating that they saw him at the scene of the crime.[9] In September 2010 he went on trial as the prime suspect in the massacre. Ampatuan, through his emissaries, was already under fire for bribing the relatives of the massacre.[10]

Personal life

He is the 8th child of Gov. Datu Andal S. Ampatuan Sr. and Bai Laila Uy-Ampatuan.

References

  1. ^ "Ampatuan charged with multiple murder at DoJ". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Al jazeera: Profile: Andal Ampatuan Jr
  3. ^ Manila Times: Profile: Vice Mayor Esmael ‘Toto’ Mangudadatu, line 11. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  4. ^ Ampatuans, Mangudadatus were allies for decades Archived November 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. Philippine Inquirer. 23 November 2009.
  5. ^ Conde, Carlos H.; Norimitsu Onishi (25 November 2009). "Suspect in Philippine Election Killings Surrenders". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Ubac, Michael Lim (25 November 2009). "3 Ampatuans expelled from admin party". INQUIRER.net. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  7. ^ Tran, Mark (26 November 2009). "Philippines massacre: police charge local politician with murder". BBC News. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Sisante, Johanna (26 November 2009). "Andal Ampatuan Jr. denies hand in Maguindanao massacre". GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  9. ^ More witnesses link Ampatuan Jr. to massacre. ABS-CBN News. 27 November 2009.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
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