|Andal Ampatuan Jr.|
15 August 1976 |
|Other names||Datu Unsay|
|Occupation||Former Mayor of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao|
|Criminal charge||Indicted on seven criminal counts, including multiple mass murder, treason, disloyalty to the Philippines, high treason, bribery|
|Criminal status||Detained at the National Bureau of Investigation Building, Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila, Philippines|
|Spouse(s)||Bai Reshal Santiago-Ampatuan|
|Parent(s)||Gov. Datu Andal S. Ampatuan Sr. (father)
Bai Laila Uy-Ampatuan (mother)
Andal Ampatuan Jr. (born August 15, 1976) is the former mayor of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, charged with multiple mass murder. He is the son of patriarch Andal Ampatuan Sr., and his family continues to represent a powerful force in Mindanao politics. His brother, Zaldy Ampatuan, was the regional governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Ampatuan came to international attention in November 2009 as a result of the Maguindanao massacre. He was to run for governor of the province against Esmael Mangudadatu in the 2010 elections. However, Mangudadatu's female relatives and a group of journalists were ambushed and killed in the massacre, and Ampatuan quickly became the prime suspect. A member of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD party, he and his father and brother were expelled by party chairman Gilberto Teodoro due to the massacre. He surrendered to Filipino authorities and was charged with murder. He has denied any involvement, though several witnesses have gone on record stating that they saw him at the scene of the crime. In September 2010 he went on trial as the prime suspect in the massacre. Ampatuan, through his emissaries, was already under fire for bribing the relatives of the massacre.
He is the 8th child of Gov. Datu Andal S. Ampatuan Sr. and Bai Laila Uy-Ampatuan.
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