NBI to probe ambush on Maguindanao massacre witness

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said that he will ask the National Bureau of Investigation to probe the failed attempt on the life of a key witnesses in the infamous Maguindanao massacre case.

Sangki is under the Department of Justice Witness Protection Program, being a “vital witness” of the prosecution in the decade-old Maguindanao massacre trial.

“Sangki is a vital witness in the second wave of prosecution for the Maguindanao Massacre, and it is not far-fetched that his ambush today had something to do with the horrible case,” Guevarra said.

Sangki was hurt in an ambush in South Cotabato this morning, Wednesday.

Nena Santos, lawyer of some of the families of massacre victims, disclosed Sangki was with a driver and security detail when armed men attacked them in Tantangan town.

“Sangki did not sustain gunshot wounds but was injured due to the impact of the vehicle against two cottages (along the road). The driver is “50/50 and prognosis is bad,” she said.

They are now in a hospital in Koronadal City, Santos continued.

The ambush took place as Sangki and his companions were en route to Cotabato Airport from Tacurong City.

In December 2019, eight members of the Ampatuan clan were found guilty and sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in prison for the murder of 57 people in Maguindanao in 2009.

Among those convicted were Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan, Jr., Zaldy Ampatuan, and Datu Anwar, Sr. – sons of the late former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who prosecution witnesses said masterminded the crime.#

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