MANILA, Philippines - As far as the families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre are concerned, they do not want former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan to become state witness.
They would rather see him behind prison bars.
For Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, Ampatuan’s statement is just part of a scam. Mangudadatu’s wife died in the gruesome mass murder last November 2009.
“Strategy lang nila yan, susunod nyang ilalabas na din nila yung iba pang miyembro ng kanilang pamilya hanggang maiwan na lang si Unsay (Andal Jr.),” he said.
“Marami na kaming testigo na makapagsasabi ng katotohanan, di na namin sya kailangan,” Mangudadatu added.
The other parties also do not want him out of jail, with the full belief that he had a hand in the murders.
In his affidavit, the former aide of the Ampatuans, Lakmodin Saliao, said Zaldy was present during the last meeting before the November 23, 2009 incident. This was further supported by a testimony of former Vice Mayor Sukarno Badal.
“Kasangkot siya, hindi pwede,” said Takungan Balayman, whose 2 daughters died in the incident.
“Hindi kami papayag,” stressed Fairodz Demello, who lost her husband to the murder. – from a report by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News