Ampatuan clan harassed in own hometown
COTABATO CITY – The clan of political lord Ampatuan has accused its opponent as behind a recent grenade attack that injuted 2 people in Maguindanao province in the volatile Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines.
Police confirmed the attack which occured last week at the sprawling compound of the Ampatuan mansion in Shariff Aguak town. It was unknown why the police and military failed to prevent the assault despite the presence of security forces in the town.
The mansion was owned by former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr, the clan’s patriarch who was a staunched political rival of Esmael Mangudadatu, the current governor.
Ampatuan - accused as behind the murder of dozens of people, including Mangudadatu’s wife and sister, and journalists in 2009 in Maguindanao, died in July 2015 from kidney failure.
Despite being imprisoned, many villagers in Maguindanao remain loyal to Ampatuan and his clan.
No individual or group claimed responsibility for the attack and police said it is still investigating the blast.
Andal Ampatuan Sr during his hospital arrest at the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)