MANILA — The Court of Appeals (CA) has ruled with finality to uphold the multiple murder charges filed against Sajid Ampatuan, son of clan patriarch Andal Ampatuan Sr., in connection with the infamous Maguindanao massacre on Nov. 29, 2009.
In a decision written by Associate Justice Rodil Zalameda, CA junked the motion for reconsideration filed by the younger Ampatuan who sought to reverse the dismissal of his main petition on Sept. 10, 2013.
“A thorough evaluation of the petitioner’s motion reveals no necessity for us to modify or reverse our decision,” CA stated in its ruling.
“Petitioner’s arguments in support of his motion are mere rehash of the allegations in his petition which have already been extensively deliberated and passed upon by this court,” it added.
The latest decision was dated March 14, but was made available to the media only on March 24, a day after the 52nd month of the gruesome killing of 58 people at Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao. The victims included 30 media people.
The September 2013 CA ruling upheld Department of Justice’s resolutions dated June 17, 2011 and Jan. 25, 2013. The resolutions affirmed the finding of probable cause to charge Ampatuan with multiple murder.
Sajid, his two brothers Andal Jr. and Zaldy, and father Andal Sr. are accused of masterminding the massacre.
Many of the victims were relatives and supporters of incumbent Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, a member of a rival political clan who was then about to challenge an Ampatuan clan member in the gubernatorial race. (GMA News)