Maguindanao massacre suspect Zaldy Ampatuan hospitalized

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 23 2019 11:40 AM | Updated as of Oct 23 2019 01:58 PM

MANILA — Zaldy Ampatuan, one of the main suspects in the Maguindanao massacre, was rushed to the hospital, a prison official said Wednesday. 

Ampatuan was hospitalized on Monday afternoon and diagnosed with cardiovascular disease secondary to cardiac dysrhythmia or abnormal heart beat, said Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Spokesperson Chief Insp. Xavier Solda. 

A former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Ampatuan "is in a stable condition now," Solda said. 

Fifty-eight people were killed in the Maguindanao massacre, which occurred at the height of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2010 elections. It is considered one of the world's worst election-related incidents of violence and one of the deadliest attacks against media practitioners.

Among those slain in the 2009 massacre were 32 journalists and several members of the Mangudadatu clan, rival of the Ampatuans. 
 
Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr., the Ampatuan clan patriarch who allegedly masterminded the massacre, passed away in 2015. 

With a report from Raya Capulong, ABS-CBN News