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Ampatuans, et al ordered to pay heirs of 57 victims a total of P155M


THE REGIONAL Trial Court that found Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan, his brothers Zaldy and Anwar, and 25 other principals guilty beyond reasonable doubt in the Nov. 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre ordered them to pay the heirs of 57 victims a total of P155.5 million for civil indemnity; moral, exemplary, temperate and actual damages; and loss of earning capacity.

“All the principal accused are likewise ordered to pay the following heirs jointly and severally,” Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Regional Trial Court Branch 221 in Quezon City, said in her 761page decision.

The amounts vary, with P300,000 as the lowest and P23.56 million as the highest.

All 57, according to the ruling, will receive P350,000 each for civil indemnity (P100,000), moral damages (P100,000), exemplary (P100,000). Most were given temperate damages of P50,000 as their claimed actual damages were not accepted for lack of receipts and other evidence. The total amounts for each victim vary due to actual damages and loss of earning capacity.

If all 28 principals were to equally divide the total amount of P155,524, 215 that they have been ordered to pay to the heirs of the 57 victims, that would be P5,554,436.25 million each. The wealthiest among the 28 who were convicted and sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole are Andal Ampatuan, Jr., and Zaldy Ampatuan.

The court cited Article 100 of the Revised Penal Code which states that “every person criminally liable for a felony is also civilly liable” and that Section 1 of Rule 111 of the Revised Rules of Criminal Procedure provides that when a criminal action is instituted, the civil action for the recovery of civil liability arising from the offense charged shall be deemed instituted with the criminal action unless the offended party waives the civil action, reserves the right to institute it separately or institutes the civil action prior to the criminal action.

In the case of People of the Philippine­s versus Andal Ampatuan, Jr., et al, the court said “it appears that no reservatio­n was made by the prosecutio­n before it presented evidence, to institute the civil action separately from the criminal action.”

“Neither was a civil action filed prior to the criminal action. This being the case, the civil action is deemed instituted with the criminal action,” the court added.

The amounts to be paid to the heirs, based on the listing in the decision promulgate­d on December 19, 2019, are listed here by MindaNews in alphabetic­al order, for easier reading. 1. For the heirs of Benjie Adolfo - P350,000 2. For the heirs of Rowena Ante - P350,000 3. For the heirs of Henry Araneta - P380,000 4. For the heirs of Delbert Arriola - P2,336,400 5. For the heirs of Abdillah Ayada - P5,629,994 6/7.For the heirs of Lailani and Pinky Balayman – P 2,680,001 8. For the heirs of Rubell Bataluna - P350,000 9. For the heirs of Suraida Bernan - P1,623,145 10. For the heirs of Arturo Betia - P1,700,000 11. For the heirs of Concepcion Jayme Brizuela P10,707,520 12. For the heirs of Romeo Cabillo - P350,000.00 13. For the heirs of Marites Cablitas - P2,450,000 14. For the heirs of Hannibal Cachuela - P3,829,994 15. For the heirs of Jephone Cadagdagon - P23,562,964 16. For the heirs of John Caniban - P350,000.00 17. For the heirs of Eleanor Dalmacio - P1,190,000 18. For the heirs of Rasul Daud - P4,053,752 19. For the heirs of Noel Decena - P1,230,000 20. For the heirs of Gina Dela Cruz - P1,130,000 21. For the heirs of Norton Edza - P5,989,994 22. For the heirs of Daryl Vincent Delos Reyes – P1,606,113 23. For the heirs of Eugene Demello - P4,250,000 24. For the heirs of Jose “Jhoy” Duhay – P3,549,995 25. For the heirs of Jolito Evardo - P2,203,971 26. For the heirs of Santos ‘Jun’ Gatchalian – P910,001 27. For the heirs of Wahida Ali Kalim - P350,000 28/29. For the heirs of Eduardo and Cecil Lechonsito P4,997,199 30. For the heirs of Bienvenido M. Legarta, Jr. – P2,450,000 31. For the heirs of Lindo Lupogan - P3,149,996 32. For the heirs of Bai Eden Mangudadat­u -P3,149,996 33. For the heirs of Bai Farinah Hassan Mangudadat­u P1,691,086 34. For the heirs of Bai Genalyn Mangudadat­u - P350,000 35. For the heirs of Mamotabal Mangudadat­u – P350,000 36. For the heirs of Ernesto Maravilla, Jr. - P12,955,567 37. For the heirs of Rey Merisco - P3,570,003 38. For the heirs of Marife Montano -P350,000 39. For the heirs of Rosell Morales - P4,109,996 40. For the heirs of Victor Nunez - P2,218,531 41/42.For the heirs of Cynthia Oquendo and her father Catalino Oquendo - P10,498,309 43. For the heirs of Mercy Palabrica -P354,000 44. For the heirs of Welhelm Palabrica - P1,189,301 45. For the heirs of Rahima Palawan – P350,000 46. For the heirs of Raida Sapalon Pamensang - P1,358,540 47. For the heirs of Meriam Calimbot Pandal -P2,319,24548. For the heirs of Joel Parcon - P4,380,006 49. For the heirs of Ronie Perante - P350,000 50. For the heirs of Fernando Razon - P2,162,769 51. For the heirs of Alejandro Reblando, Sr. - P1,578,387 52. For the heirs of Anthony Ridao - P3,549,141 53. For the heirs of Napoleon Salaysay –P2,600,004 54. For the heirs of Francisco Subang - P350,000 55. For the heirs of Andres Teodoro - P350,000 56. For the heirs of Daniel Tiamzon - P1,328,285 57. For the heirs of Faridah Sabdullah- P350,000 Sabdullah’s name was not included in the summarized listing on pages 751 to 760 but her heirs are to be awarded, according to the narrative on page 750, in the amount of P350,000. Atty. Nena Santos, whose clients include Sabdullah’s family, told MindaNews “the body of the decision prevails.” She said she would “file a motion for clarificat­ory judgment.” The court dismissed the claim for damages of the heirs of the 58th victim, Midland Review photograph­er Reynaldo “Bebot” Momay murder because “the court is convinced that the prosecutio­n was not able to sufficient­ly establish the death of victim Reynaldo Momay. Hence, the court cannot grant any damages to his heirs.” Judging on the criminal aspect, the court said that “whether Momay died or was missing” after Nov. 23, 2009 “could not be ascertaine­d as no evidence of his actual death was adduced.” “He has no cadaver and neither was his death certificat­e presented on record,” the court said. Momay’s daughter, Reynafe Castillo, a nurse now based in the United States, said they would file a motion for reconsider­ation of the ruling. Castillo has repeatedly said she is not after any monetary considerat­ion. “All I want is justice for my dad.” The 28-year old Cadagdagon, photograph­er and driver of Saksi Mindanaoan News, was granted the biggest amount even as his mother could not say how much he was earning from Saksi and no evidence was presented on his earnings as such. The court based its computatio­n on the earnings of Cadagdagon in his trucking business which at that time was 1,000,893 for nine months. The court cited the formula for computing loss of earning capacity from the landmark case of Villa Rey Transit vs Court of Appeals where net earning capacity = life expectancy x (Gross Annual Income less necessary living expenses). The formula for life expectancy is 2/3 x (80 – age of the deceased at the time of death). Fifty eight persons were killed, 32 of them from the media, when a convoy of vehicles led by Bai Genalin Mangudadat­u, wife of then Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael ‘Toto’ Mangudadat­u, on their way to Shariff Aguak town to file Mangudadat­u’s certificat­e of candidacy for governor of Maguindana­o, was stopped by about a hundred armed men led by Andal Ampatuan, Jr., and were ordered at gunpoint to turn left to a hilltop in Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman in Ampatuan, town where they were massacred, some of them buried, along with three vehicles, using a backhoe of the provincial government of Maguindana­o. The backhoe operator was not able to finish burying the dead and the vehicles as troops had started arriving and a helicopter carrying Mayor Jong Mangudatu flew to the crime scene. Five vehicles of the convoy were found where they parked, with some of the bodies of the victims still inside the vehicles. Ridao, who drove his Tamaraw FX, and the Lechonsito couple, Delos Reyes and the Palabricas who were in the red Toyota Vios, were not part of the convoy of Mangudadat­u relatives, lawyers and media but just happened to pass by at the wrong time, on their way to Cotabato City. Minus Momay which the court excluded as among the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre, the media in the convoy were Adolfo of Gold Star Daily, Koronadal City; Araneta of DZRH, General Santos City; Arriola of UNTV, General Santos City; Bataluna of Gold Star Daily, Koronadal; Betia of Periodico Ini, General Santos City; Cabillo of Midland Review, Tacurong City; Cablitas of News Focus and DXDX, General Santos City; Cachuela of Punto News, Koronadal City; Cadagdagon of Saksi News, General Santos City; Caniban of Periodico Ini, General Santos City; Dalmacio of Socsargen News, General Santos City; Decina of Periodico Ini, General Santos City; Dela Cruz of Saksi News, General Santos City; Duhay of Gold Star Daily, Tacurong City; Evardo of UNTV General Santos City; Gatchalian of DXGO, Davao City; Legarte of Prontiera News, Koronadal City; Lupogan of Mindanao Daily Gazette, Davao City; Maravilla of Bombo Radyo, Koronadal City; Merisco of Periodico Ini, Koronadal City; Montaño of Saksi News, General Santos City; Morales of News Focus, General Santos City; Nuñez, of UNTV, General Santos City; Perante, Gold Star Daily correspond­ent, Koronadal City; Parcon of Prontiera News, Koronadal City; Razon of Periodico Ini, General Santos City; Reblando of Manila Bulletin, General Santos City; Salaysay of Mindanao Gazette, Cotabato City; Subang of Socsargen Today, General Santos City; Teodoro of Central Mindanao Inquirer, Tacurong City; and Tiamson, Daniel of UNTV, General Santos City. The rest of the victims were from the camp of the Mangudadat­us. (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)

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SENATOR Christophe­r Lawrence Go comforts flower vendor Darlene Montalbo during his visit to earthquake victims in Padada, Davao del Sur on Sunday. Montalbo was hit by a collapsed wall in Padada Public Market during the magnitude 6.9 earthquake last Dec. 15. BING GONZALES

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