Andal Jr., Sajid Ampatuan face multiple graft raps

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 02 2017 04:05 AM

Two members of the Ampatuan family, Datu Sajid Islam Uy Ampatuan and Datu Andal Uy Ampatuan, Jr., who are accused of involvement in the Maguindanao massacre are now facing multiple graft charges before the Sandiganbayan after they were indicted by the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman charged Sajid, former governor of Maguindanao, for allegedly "giving unwarranted benefit, advantage or preference" to his brother Andal Jr., who owned the Shariff Aguak Petron Station. 

Sajid allegedly favored Andal Jr. by granting multimillion-peso contracts to supply fuel and lubricants for road construction projects without public bidding in 2009, a few months before the massacre happened in Maguindanao. 

The two Ampatuans face a total of eight counts of graft. 

Sajid also faces eight counts of falsification of public documents. 

Also facing graft charges were former Provincial Treasurer Osmena Badilla, former Provincial Accountant Jose Estelito Dollosa and former Provincial Engineer Landap Guinaid. 

Sajid Ampatuan faces a total of 161 cases as he also allegedly entered into anomalous contracts with other private companies. 

The Sandiganbayan 5th and 6th Divisions are set to handle the cases of Sajid Ampatuan and his co-accused.