By Alon Calinao Dy: Sajid Islam Ampatuan, one of the accused masterminds of massacre in the province of Maguindanao that killed 58 people including media men in November 2009, has been released because aside from a weak evidence he also spent large amounts of money for his temporary liberty.
Ampatuan family is thought to be one of the most influential political clans in the Philippines. Former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. allegedly accused several killings in Maguindanao when he was under the regime of Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
According to a reliable news report, the court has given Sajid Ampatuan temporary freedom after the opposing party did not show a strong evidence to detain the former Maguindanao governor's son.
This is the first time that ever happened to our justice system with a multiple accounts of killings, let one of the members of Ampatuan go even though it's impermanent. Does it mean the rest of the Ampatuan family will come after?