- Ampatuan brothers and others were found guilty of 57 counts of murder
- The Ampatuan clan and several others were the suspects of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre
- It can be recalled that 58 people were killed including 32 members of the media
- It was also considered as the deadliest attack against the press
Three Ampatuan brothers were found guilty of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre where 58 were killed including 32 members of the media and convoy of supporters of their political rival, Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu.
Andal Jr. "Datu Unsay", Zaldy and Anwar Ampatuan Sr. together with five other members of the feared Ampatuan clan were found guilty of 57 counts of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
The massacre was also described as the worst case of election-related violence in Philippine history and the deadliest attack against the press.
It can be recalled that during the time, Buluan, Maguindanao Vice Mayor Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu was about to challenge the reign of the powerful Amaptuans by running as Governor.
On the said massacre, he had lost his wife, 2 sisters and 12 other relatives.
This year marks the 10th year of their decade-long fight for justice wherein 197 individuals were charged with multiple counts of murder.
KAMI learned from Sunstar Manila that 117 out of 197 were arrested while the rest remain at large.
A total of 15 members of the Ampatuans were convicted on today's ruling.
On the other hand, Andal Sr., and seven others died while in detention.
Watch the video coverage of the verdict here, courtesy of CNN Philippines.
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