Zaldy Ampatuan

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Zaldy Ampatuan
5th Governor of the
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
In office
September 30, 2005 – November 25, 2009
Vice GovernorAnsaruddin Alonto Adiong
Preceded byParouk S. Hussin
Succeeded byAnsaruddin Alonto Adiong (Acting)
Mujiv Hataman
Member of the
ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly
from Maguindanao's 2nd district
In office
October 1, 1993 – March 31, 1998
Personal details
Born
Zaldy Uy Ampatuan

(1967-08-22) August 22, 1967 (age 53)
Philippines
Political partyLakas-Kampi-CMD (until 2009)[1]
ParentsAndal Ampatuan Sr. (father)
RelativesAndal Ampatuan Jr. (brother)
Known forOne of the perpetrators of the Maguindanao massacre
Criminal information
Criminal statusCurrently incarcerated at New Bilibid Prison
Conviction(s)57 counts of murder
Criminal penaltyReclusion perpetua (40 years imprisonment) and ₱155.6 million in damages

Zaldy Uy Ampatuan (born August 22, 1967) is a Filipino convicted mass murderer and former politician. He is one of the main perpetrators of the Maguindanao massacre along with his father, brothers, and nephews. He served as governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) from 2005 until his suspension in 2009 due to his role in the massacre. He was a member of the ARMM Legislative Assembly from 1993 to 1998.

As one of the sons of Andal Ampatuan Sr., he is part of a powerful political dynasty based in Maguindanao.

Maguindanao massacre[edit]

Zaldy Ampatuan began his term as ARMM governor on September 30, 2005.[2] Zaldy was expelled from office when his brother, Andal Ampatuan Jr., was accused of carrying out the Maguindanao massacre of 2009.[3][4] He was arrested in the province of Maguindanao and held by the Philippine military on charges of rebellion, but in April 2010 the Department of Justice decided to drop all murder charges against him, citing lack of evidence.[5] However, in May 2010, Justice Secretary Alberto Agra reversed the ruling and restored the murder charges against Ampatuan due to new evidence.[6]

On December 19, 2019, Ampatuan brothers Zaldy, Andal Jr., and Anwar Sr., as well as their other relatives and accomplices, were convicted of 57 counts of murder. Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court sentenced them to reclusion perpetua (20 to 40 years imprisonment) without eligibility for parole. The Ampatuans will serve 30 years in prison since their 10-year detention will be credited to their sentences.[7][8] They will serve their sentence in New Bilibid Prison.[9] The convicts were also ordered to pay 155.6 million in damages to the heirs of their victims.[10]

References[edit]

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  1. ^ "Lakas-Kampi CMD expels Ampatuans". ABS-CBN News. November 30, 2009. Archived from the original on August 17, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "Traditional Moro welcome awaits Ampatuan". The Philippine Star. September 30, 2005. Archived from the original on August 22, 2020. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  3. ^ Conde, Carlos H.; Norimitsu Onishi (25 November 2009). "Suspect in Philippine Election Killings Surrenders". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  4. ^ Statement. "On Zaldy Ampatuan's furlough, NUJP asks: Where are state prosecutors in this?". MindaNews. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  5. ^ Filipino journalists protest DOJ order clearing 2 in massacre. Mindanao Examiner, April 19, 2010.
  6. ^ "Agra reverses ruling on Maguindanao massacre suspects". GMA News. May 5, 2010. Archived from the original on August 17, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Buan, Lian (December 19, 2019). "Ampatuan brothers convicted in 10-year massacre case". Rappler. Archived from the original on July 24, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Santos, Eimor (December 19, 2019). "Maguindanao massacre: Andal Jr., Zaldy Ampatuan convicted; brother walks free". CNN Philippines. Archived from the original on July 26, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Ornedo, Julia Mari (December 19, 2019). "Ampatuans now in Bilibid after conviction; BuCor chief vows no special treatment". GMA News. Archived from the original on December 22, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Patag, Kristine Joy (January 3, 2020). "Kin of Maguindanao massacre victims to appeal for higher damage fees, says Roque". The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on January 5, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  11. ^ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20091126-238535/Massacre-witness-surfaces-tags-Ampatuan