"The Ampatians have taken away so many of the 58 victims' families, we will not allow them to get us out of prison again and again," says Maguindanao representative Dong Mangudadatu.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Mangudadatu family denounced the leave granted to the suspect Maguindanao suspect and former autonomous region in the Islamic Mindanao governor Zaldy Ampatuan.
Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Zajid "Dong" Mangudadatu said on Friday 24 August that his clan was in "deep pain" that Ampatuan was allowed to leave the prison so that he could attend his daughter's wedding.
"Our family expresses our deep pain and discomfort over the leave granted to Zaldy Ampatuan by the court: 58 people were murdered impunity by the Ampatuan clan nine years ago, and our families suffered the insufferable," Mangudadatu said in a statement.
He gave it out 3 days after Ampatuan briefly left his cell on Tuesday, August 21 to attend his daughter's wedding at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. (WATCH: Why Ampatuan was allowed to leave the prison)
Ampatuan is one of the alleged masterminds of the notorious Maguindanao massacre in 2009, killing 58 people, most of whom were journalists.
Among the murderers were the pregnant wife and other relatives of the then deputy mayor Esmael Mangudadatu, the brother of Dong. Mangudadatus and Ampatians are political rivals in Maguindanao.
"Nine years to the present day, we are still persevering in the random attack of the Ampatians on the dignity and memory of our dead families to the impudent attitude of Zaldy Ampatuan, last Tuesday from the prison to party at the wedding of his daughter "said Dong.
"We have struggled every day to live off the pain of losing loved ones.We refuse to live off the image of one of the perpetrators in public, witness his marriage of his daughter, while our dead sisters, brothers, mothers Fathers will never be able to attend a wedding of their loved ones, "he added.
Dong said that the Mangudadatu family appeals to the court to "careful evaluations". to do for future requests for leave from the Ampatuan massacre suspects.
"We will object to further requests from the accused without being notified," said Dong.
"The Ampatians have taken so many of the families of the 58 victims, we will not allow them to take us out of prison again and again," he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte himself said that he was also "appalled" about granting leave to Ampatuan. – Rappler.com