Zaldy Ampatuan remains in hospital as Maguindanao Massacre verdict nears


Posted at Nov 21 2019 09:54 AM

MANILA -- A member of the Ampatuan clan who is awaiting the promulgation of his murder trial over the Maguindanao Massacre 10 years ago remains hospitalized after suffering from a stroke, a court document released Thursday showed.

Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Zaldy Ampatuan was admitted to the Makati Medical Center on Oct. 22, jail officials said in a letter to the court that is expected to release its verdict in December.

Ampatuan, 52, also suffers from diabetes, hypertension and chronic atrial fibrillation, according to the letter. His father, Andal Ampatuan Sr., died in detention in 2015.

Zaldy and his brother, Andal Ampatuan Jr., are among those charged over the massacre of 58 people, including 32 journalists in Maguindanao province on Nov. 23, 2009.

The Ampatuans allegedly ordered the ambush on the convoy to thwart the election challenge of Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu, whose wife was among those killed. Mangudadatu is currently a congressman.

-- with reports from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News