Probe Ampatuans’ VIP treatment in jail, insist relatives of Maguindanao massacre victims

( The recent exposure of certain high-profile inmates supposedly receiving special treatment in jail prompted relatives of Maguindanao massacre victims to want to inspect the condition of the Ampatuans’ cells in Camp Bagong Diwa, reports ABS-CBN News.


According to the report, the relatives have already been complaining of VIP treament enjoyed by the Ampatuans and their fears were confirmed after learning about convicted former governor Antonio "Tony" Leviste’s special privileges. "Mas marami ang pera ng mga Ampatuan (The Ampatuans have more money)," said Governor Toto Mangudadatu, who lost three of his kin in the massacre.


A source also sent ABS-CBN photographs of Andal Ampatuan Jr. playing basketball with prison personnel. The same source informed them that the Ampatuans had airconditioning and Internet connection, which they would hide during inspections. Lawyer Harry Roque asked the court to allow the victims’ family members to check the Amapatuans’ prison cells, which have not been seen since their transfer from Mindanao last year.


Relatives of the victims also attended court on Wednesday to witness what could have been the Ampatuans’ long-delayed arraignment. However, Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes announced that she would issue the order not later than Friday instead despite motions calling for Andal Ampatuan Sr. to be arraigned on May 25.


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