One tragic history in the Philippines was the 2009 massacre in Maguindanao. There was a total of 58 people buried in which 32 of those were journalists. And, the said killing was said to have been commanded by the Ampatuan clans.
The primary suspect of the killing is Andal Ampatuan Sr. which is now reported being diagnosed with advanced stage of liver cancer and will only have about three to six months to live.
Ampatuan’s lawyer, Atty. Salvador Panelo, submitted a medical certificate to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 stating the health status of his client.
“This is to verify that Andal Ampatuan Sr. is still admitted at our institute. He is currently being managed as a case of advanced liver cancer with signs of decompensation,” the certificate read.
“Prognosis is currently dim as pharmacologist intervention is limited. Expected life expectancy for such case is three to six months but may be shorter if the liver function will continuously and progressively deteriorate,” it added.
On the other hand, sons Rizaldy “Zaldy” Ampatuan and Andal Ampatuan Jr., as well as grandson Datu Anwar Sajid “Ulo” Ampatuan have sent a request to Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes asking permission to pay visit to Ampatuan Sr. at the NKTI.