Philippine military to transfer Ampatuan Sr. to new detention cell

15:45, March 03, 2010      

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The Philippine military said Wednesday they would transfer former Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., head of a powerful clan blamed for the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last year, to his new detention cell, upon receiving an order from the Philippine Justice Department.

Major Randolph Cabangbang, regional military spokesman, told Xinhua that Ampatuan, 70, who is under hospital arrest at Camp Panacan, is now clear of his high blood and diabetes.

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents escort Andal Ampatuan Jr. (in white), a local mayor of Maguindanao province, during the start of his trial at a police camp in Manila's suburban Quezon city January 13, 2010.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Ampatuan was arrested on rebellion charges on Dec. 5. He was first detained at a private hospital, from where he was whisked away a week later to the Camp Panacan Station Hospital.

The governor is also under investigation for multiple murder in connection with the Nov. 23 massacre of supporters of his political rival, Esmael Mangudadatu.

"We are not certain where detention facility he will be transfer but the Philippine National Police have prepared in Taguig City," Cabangbang said.

Abella assured there would be no special treatment to the Ampatuans once they are detained at Camp Bagong Diwa, adding they will not allow the detainees to use mobile phones and they will set up closed circuit television cameras to monitor them.

A separate building was also constructed for venue of their case hearing.

Ampatuan Sr. and four of his sons, including Zaldy, the governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, are among at least 24 people named in the rebellion charge list for allegedly resisting government efforts to arrest suspects in the massacre.

Ampatuan Jr., mayor of Datu Unsay town, has been charged with 57 counts of murder and is the only suspect detained in connection with the massacre.

Source: Xinhua
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