The Ampatuan Massacre: November 23, 2009
On the morning of November 23, 2009, in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao province in Mindanao, Philippines, 58 people, including 32 journalists, were killed in cold blood. ABS-CBN News documented how the story broke that day.
- Initial reports on the abduction of the wife and relatives of a local official in Mindanao, as well as journalists accompanying them, reached media just past noon of November 23, 2009.
- People started fearing for the worst as more details on the abduction incident started arriving.
- Confirmation -- and a bodycount of dead people -- came from the military.
- Mangudadatu gave a hint on the reason behind the killing of his wife and relatives and people who were accompanying them.
- First images and footage of the massacre site are seen.
- The number of massacre victims will eventually reach 58, as bodies are unearthed from mass graves. The body of journalist Reynaldo Momay, believed to be the 58th victim, has not been found to this day.
After 2 years, only 2 of the main suspects from the Ampatuan clan who have been tagged in the killings have been arraigned. The key suspect in the massacre, Andal Ampatuan Jr., has not been arraigned for trial.
Of the 196 total suspects, only 93 have been detained for trial.