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IN PHOTOS: The Maguindanao massacre verdict

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 19 2019 08:02 PM | Updated as of Dec 19 2019 11:55 PM

After a decade-long wait, the court found members of the Ampatuan clan and several others guilty of multiple murder for the 2009 Maguindanao massacre on Thursday. 

Considered the worst case of election-related violence in the country’s history and the single deadliest attack on media practitioners in the world, the Maguindanao massacre left 58 people dead, including 32 journalists.

Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr., who supposedly led the attack, and brother Zaldy were sentenced to reclusion perpetua or 40 years in prison without parole for their participation in the barbaric attack.

Their father and co-accused Andal Ampatuan Sr., died in 2015 before facing judgement.

A total of 42 individuals were convicted beyond reasonable doubt while 55 were acquitted.

Out of the 197 charged, some 80 others remain at large. 

Here are some scenes during the promulgation. 

Visitors and media crowd the gates for the promulgation of the Maguindanao Massacre. Jonathan Cellona,ABS-CBN News

The backhoe used to bury the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre is parked inside the Police Regional Office 12 in General Santos City on December 19, 2019. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

Relatives of the victims arrive in Camp Bagong Diwa early morning Thursday for the scheduled promulgation on the Maguindanao case. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Members of the Philippine Nationa Police secure the entrance of Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig for the scheduled release of the Maguindanao Massacre verdict. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A member of the police looks over the crowd as he secures the gates of Camp bagong Diwa. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Relatives of the accused in the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre in southern Philippines, arrive at a police headquarters for the promulgation of the case in Taguig City. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

Members of the Ampatuan family sit with other suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre at the promulgation of the case, inside Camp Bagong Diwa Taguig City. Supreme Court of the Philippines - Public Information Office (SC-PIO)/Handout via Reuters

This handout from the Supreme Court - Public Information Office (SC-PIO) taken and released on December 19, 2019 shows presiding judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes speaking during the verdict for the 2009 Maguindanao massacre at the trial venue inside a prison facility in Manila. - The masterminds of the Philippines' worst political massacre were found guilty on December 19 of murdering 57 people, a rare conviction of powerful personalities in a country notorious for its culture of impunity. Public Information Office (SC-PIO)/Handout via AFP

Buses carrying the perpetrators of the Maguindanao massacre exit Camp Bagong Diwa after the release of the guilty verdict against 5 heads of the Ampatuan clan and their accessories. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

One of the convicted suspects in the 2009 massacre looks from inside a bus after their promulgation at a court in Camp Bagong Diwa on Thursday. The Philippine court on Thursday found key members of a powerful political clan guilty of a 2009 massacre in a southern province that left 57 people, including 32 media workers, dead in a brazen act that horrified the world. Aaron Favila, AP

Demonstrators react as the verdict of the Ampatuan Massacre is read over a broadcast outside Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Relatives of acquitted suspects of the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre embrace after the case promulgation in Taguig City. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

A lawyer of a victim's family shows the page of the decision citing guilt of the primary suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre case after its promulgation. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

Maguindanao Rep. Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu celebrates with families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre after the release of the guilty verdict against the heads of the Ampatuan clan. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Relatives of the victims and the acquitted react to the guilty verdict handed down on the masterminds of the Maguindanao Massacre. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Family of victims flash victory signs to reporters as they step out a court following a verdict in a 2009 election-related killings at Camp Bagong Diwa. Aaron Favila, AP

Relatives of the victims and the acquitted react to the guilty verdict handed down on the masterminds of the Maguindanao Massacre. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Atty. Harry Roque and relatives of the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre flash the victory sign after the guilty verdict handed down on several of the accused. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News