Zaldy Uy Ampatuan (born August 22, 1967) is a Filipino convicted mass murderer and former politician. He is one of the main perpetrators of the Maguindanao massacre along with his father, brothers, and nephews. He served as governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) from 2005 until his suspension in 2009 due to his role in the massacre. He was a member of the ARMM Legislative Assembly from 1993 to 1998.
|5th Governor of the |
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
September 30, 2005 – November 25, 2009
|Vice Governor||Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong|
|Preceded by||Parouk S. Hussin|
|Succeeded by||Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong (Acting)|
|Member of the |
ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly
from Maguindanao's 2nd district
October 1, 1993 – March 31, 1998
Zaldy Uy Ampatuan
August 22, 1967
|Political party||Lakas-Kampi-CMD (until 2009)|
|Parents||Andal Ampatuan Sr. (father)|
|Relatives||Andal Ampatuan Jr. (brother)|
|Known for||One of the perpetrators of the Maguindanao massacre|
|Net worth||₱16.41 million (2007)|
|Criminal status||Currently incarcerated at New Bilibid Prison|
|Conviction(s)||57 counts of murder|
|Criminal penalty||Reclusion perpetua (40 years imprisonment) and ₱155.6 million in damages|
Zaldy Ampatuan began his term as ARMM governor on September 30, 2005. Zaldy was expelled from office when his brother, Andal Ampatuan Jr., was accused of carrying out the Maguindanao massacre of 2009. He was arrested in the province of Maguindanao and held by the Philippine military on charges of rebellion, but in April 2010 the Department of Justice decided to drop all murder charges against him, citing lack of evidence. However, in May 2010, Justice Secretary Alberto Agra reversed the ruling and restored the murder charges against Ampatuan due to new evidence.
On December 19, 2019, Ampatuan brothers Zaldy, Andal Jr., and Anwar Sr., as well as their other relatives and accomplices, were convicted of 57 counts of murder. Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court sentenced them to reclusion perpetua (20 to 40 years imprisonment) without eligibility for parole. The Ampatuans will serve 30 years in prison since their 10-year detention will be credited to their sentences. They will serve their sentence in New Bilibid Prison. The convicts were also ordered to pay ₱155.6 million in damages to the heirs of their victims.
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