Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Ampatuan Clan and their Political Power

The Ampatuan clan has already become known in the public primarily brought about by the Maguindanao Massacre. And one great way to understand why the Ampatuan family of Maguindanao has gotten a great hold of power and wealth only to be abused is primarily because of their clan having been elected if not appointed to so many government positions.

Below is a report from the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism or PCIJ of the positions in government the whole clan of the Ampatuans are having a clout to.

Table 1: New Towns, Old Names
* Relation to Gov. Andal Ampatuan. Most local officials in Maguindanao are connected to the governor either by blood or by marriage.

Shariff Kabunsuan Province
August 2006
Eight towns of Maguindanao

Shariff Aguak (named after Andal Ampatuan’s father)
(Renaming of Maganoy town)
Datu Anwar Uy Ampatuan Sr. (son)* Mayor
Monir Ampatuan Asim Jr. (grandnephew)* Vice-Mayor

Datu Unsay Ampatuan
May 2003
Shariff Aguak
Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. (son)* Mayor
Monir Ampatuan Asim Sr. (nephew)* Vice-Mayor

Datu Saudi Uy Ampatuan
June 2003
Shariff Aguak
Datu Saudi Uy Ampatuan (grandson)* Mayor
Akmad Ampatuan (nephew)* Vice-mayor

Datu Abdullah Sangki
August 2003
Datu Akmad S. Sangki (grandson)* Mayor
Datu Ali Camino (grandson)* Vice-mayor

December 2006
Freddie Mangudadatu (distant relative)* Mayor
Sabdullah K. Mangudadatu (Freddie’s brother) Vice-Mayor

Datu Anggal Midtibang
December 2006
Talayan and Talitay
Nathaneil S. Midtimbang (brother-in-law of ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan) Mayor
Ebrahim M. Midtimbang (brother-in-law of ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan) Vice-Mayor

December 2006
Datu Sajid G. Mangudadatu (brother of Mangudadatu Mayor Freddie Midtimbang) Mayor
Piang S. Adam Jr. (distant relative)* Vice-Mayor

Of course, let us not forget that the patriarch of the family Andal Ampatuan Sr. is the governor of Maguindanao while Zaldy Ampatuan his son is the governor of ARMM.

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