Leading suspect in Maguindanao massacre tries to get charges dropped

first_img Help by sharing this information Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa to go further Organisation RSF_en PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Philippines Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Andal Ampatuan Jr. , Andal Ampatuan Sr. and Zaldy Ampatuan.Fifteen months after a politically-motivated massacre on 23 November 2009 in the southern province of Maguindanao in which 32 journalists were killed, the case against the alleged killers has ground to a halt.The accused masterminds – Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his two sons, Andal Ampatuan Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan – and the members of the Ampatuan family private militia who allegedly carried out the gruesome massacre have still not been tried.Some of them are waiting to be freed on bail and Zaldy Ampatuan, the suspended governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), has petitioned the Court of Appeals for a review of the Department of Justice finding of probable cause in his case. If the court rules in his favour, not only would he be released but all charges against him would be dropped.Reporters Without Borders warns President Benigno Aquino III’s administration that it will break its promise to combat impunity if it yields to the pressure from the Ampatuan family. Everything possible must be done to hold the trial within a reasonable period and Zaldy Ampatuan must be shown no leniency. In view of the gravity of this mass murder, the credibility of the Philippine justice system is now at stake.The press freedom organization voices its support for all the relatives of the massacre victims who demonstrated today in Manila in protest against Zaldy Ampatuan’s possible release.More information about the massacre, the deadliest in the media’s history:http://en.rsf.org/philippines-tribute-to-victims-one-year-after-22-11-20…————————-Damning testimony for Ampatuan clan08-09-2010“That’s easy, father. We kill all of them when they come here.” This is what Andal Ampatuan Jr allegedly told his father, the head of the Ampatuan clan, according to one of the first witnesses in the trial of the 196 clan members, mostly militiamen, who are charged with the November 2009 massacre of 57 civilians, including 32 journalists, in the southern province of Maguindanao.The testimony, given by a former family employee who attended a meeting at the home of the leading defendant’s father, then provincial governor Andal Ampatuan Sr, six days before the massacre, clearly indicated that the massacre was premeditated.The former employee, Lakmudin Saliao, quoted the father as replying: “Do not entrust the roadblock to others. You yourself should stop them at the highway, near the place where a backhoe is conducting some diggings.” The subject of the alleged meeting was how the family should respond to a political rival’s plans for a motorcade through the province led by the rival’s wife, who was one of the victims. It was evident from Saliao’s testimony that Andal Ampatuan Jr made it clear to his father that he intended to kill all of the motorcade’s members.Saliao gave his evidence when the trial resumed yesterday in Manila. Lawyers for the accused asked for a 10-day adjournment but Judge Jocelyn Reyer rejected the request.More information about the trial: http://en.rsf.org/philippines-a-lawyer-and-a-journalist-31-08-2010,38244… June 1, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped March 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leading suspect in Maguindanao massacre tries to get charges dropped News News News News May 3, 2021 Find out more February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Ag Forecast 2008

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone who wants the latest information about crop prices, pending U.S. farm and energy policies, weather forecasts or water conservation should attend at least one of the five meetings planned across Georgia the week of Jan. 28.The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host its second annual Ag Forecast Breakfast Series 7 a.m. -10 a.m. Jan. 28 in Rome, Jan. 29 in Gainesville, Jan. 30 in Statesboro, Jan. 31 in Tifton and Feb. 1 in Macon. Participants will hear from farm experts and get to ask them questions. They’ll receive the 2008 Agricultural Price and Profit Planning Book, a detailed analysis of each major Georgia product, and get breakfast, too.Co-sponsors are Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Registration costs $35 per person or $250 for a table of eight. For more information or to register, call (706) 542-2434 or visit the Web site www.GeorgiaAgForecast.com.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Statement on Passage of Health Care Bill in U.S. House

first_img Healthcare,  Human Services,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement condemning the passing of the health care bill by the United State House of Representatives:“This is a sad day for millions of Pennsylvania families who now continue to worry about their access to health care. I will continue to fight to save health care access and consumer protections that help protect the health and financial security of Pennsylvanians. While some in Washington are celebrating today as a victory, this shallow and shameful attempt to score political points at the expense of the sick, poor, elderly and disabled will not soon be forgotten. I thank the Republicans and Democrats who voted ‘no’ today. We can only hope that the United States Senate cares more about the people they were elected to serve.” Governor Wolf Statement on Passage of Health Care Bill in U.S. House SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img May 04, 2017last_img read more

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County Board chairman hopeful “Bonnar” Maher will be available for replay.

first_imgPatrick Bonnar Maher appears to he the only injury concern of note for the Tipperary senior hurlers ahead the All Ireland final replay against Kilkenny.He picked up a knee injury in training last week but is not considered a major doubt for the rematch with the Cats on Saturday week.Speaking to Ronan Quirke on last nights Extra Time programme here on Tipp FM, County Board chairman Sean Nugent is hopeful that the Lorrha – Dorrha clubman will be able to line out describing him as a key part of the Premier County set-up.last_img

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