Who were the victims of Ampatuan massacre?


Either the tears of joy or pain will fall from the eyes of the relatives of Ampatuan massacre victims as the so-called trial of the decade ends today, December 19, 2019.

Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes is handing down the verdict on the 2009 Maguindanao massacre in few minutes today.


The November 2009 massacre was orchestrated by the Ampatuan family, a strong clan that ordered the killing of 58 people, 32 of them journalists.

The murders are one of the worst journalist killings recorded in the world today. The slayings came on the heels of the 2010 elections when Esmael Mangudadatu was filing his candidacy to run against the Ampatuan family. That filing cost 58 people their lives, including his wife Bai Gigi and other relatives.

Mangudadatu said he decided to let his family members file his certificate of candidacy because he is confident that no one would do harm since Islam commands the utmost respect for women.


Six other victims were just passing by the crime scene when they were killed.

Watch: Maguindanao Ampatuan live coverage

Who were the victims of Ampatuan massacre?

Let us take time to remember the lives of the 58 victims who were brutally killed and buried on November 23, 2009.

Mangudadatu family and associates 

Genalyn Tiamson-MangudadatuWife of Esmael Mangudadatu
Eden MangudadatuMunicipal Vice Mayor of Mangudadatu, Maguindanao, sister of Esmael Mangudadatu
Rowena MangudadatuCousin of Esmael Mangudadatu
Manguba MangudadatuAunt of Esmael Mangudadatu
Faridah SabdulahLawyer
Farida MangudadatuSister of Esmael Mangudadatu
Farina MangudadatuSister of Esmael Mangudadatu
Concepcion “Connie” Brizuela, 56Lawyer
Cynthia Oquendo, 36Lawyer
Catalino OquendoCynthia Oquendo’s father
Rasul DaudDriver of Sultan Kudarat Rep. Pax Mangudadatu



Alejandro “Bong” ReblandoManila Bulletin correspondent, a former Associated Press reporter
Henry AranetaDZRH correspondent based in General Santos City 
Napoleon “Nap” Salaysay DZRO manager
Bartolome “Bart” MaravillaBombo Radyo Koronadal, South Cotabato
Jhoy DuhayGoldstar Daily 
Andy TeodoroCentral Mindanao Inquirer reporter
Ian SubangMindanao Focus, a General Santos-based weekly community newspaper
Leah DalmacioMindanao Focus reporter
Gina Dela CruzMindanao Focus reporter
Maritess CablitasMindanao Focus reporter
Neneng MontanoSaksi weekly newspaper reporter
Victor NuñezUNTV reporter
Ronnie I. DiolaUNTV cameraman.
Jolito EvardoUNTV editor
Daniel TiamsonUNTV driver
Reynaldo MomayKoronadal-based journalist
Rey MeriscoKoronadal-based journalist
Ronnie PeranteKoronadal-based journalist
Jun LegartaKoronadal-based journalist
Val CachuelaKoronadal-based journalist
Santos “Jun” GatchalianDavao-based journalist.
Joel Parcon Freelance journalist.
Noel DecenaFreelance journalist.
John CanibaFreelance journalist.
Art BetiaFreelance journalist.
Ranie RazonFreelance journalist.
Archie Ace DavidFreelance journalist.
Fernanado “Ferdz” MendozaFreelance driver.


Maguindanao Massacre Other Civilian Casualties

Number of casualties: 5. They were supposedly mistaken as part of the convoy.

Eduardo LechonsitoTacurong City, Sultan Kudarat government employee.
Cecille LechonsitoWife of Eduardo Lechonsito.
Mercy PalabricaCo-worker of Eduardo Lechonsito.
Daryll delos ReyesCo-worker of Eduardo Lechonsito.
Wilhelm PalabricaDriver.
Blue Toyota FX

Number of casualties: 1. Mistaken as part of the convoy.

Anthony RidaoNational Statistics Coordination Board employee and son of Cotabato City councilor Marino Ridao.