Andal Ampatuan Sr's grandson killed in ambush in Sultan Kudarat

October 15, 2010 10:55 am 

COTABATO CITY, Oct. 14 — A grandson of Maguindanao former Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. was killed in an ambush on Wednesday in Sultan Kudarat province.

Datu Cliff Ampatuan, 50, former public relations consultant and currently connected as consultant of the local government of Datu Abdulla Sangki town, died on the spot while his wife Normina was seriously wounded when they were ambushed at 5:30 p.m. in Barangay Ducay, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, according to Senior Supt. Marcelo Pintac, Maguindanao police chief.

Ampatuan, also known as Datu Cliff, was driving his car with his wife Normina and two others when four men riding in tandem on two motorbikes opened fire in Barangay Ducay.

Ampatuan died on the spot while his wife sustained six gunshot wounds, according to Bai Nelly Ampatuan Sangki, Datu Cliff’s sister.

Bai Nelly, wife of Mayor Ali Sangki of Datu Abdullah Sangki town, said three days before the ambush Datu Cliff told her that he has noticed unidentified men have been tailing his car on his way home in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.

Unarmed and with no escort, Datu Cliff ignored the suspicious men claiming he has no known enemies.

Datu Cliff has been traveling every after work from Abdulla Sangki town to Isulan in Sultan Kudarat where he resides.

Datu Cliff is the grandson of former Maguindanao Gov. Datu Andal Ampatuan, Sr., one of the suspects in the Nov. 23, 2010 massacre of 57 people in Barangay Salman in Ampatuan town.

Bai Nelly said he could not say whether the incident was related to the Maguindanao massacre but admitted that since the carnage Datu Cliff has been very careful because he carries the family name “Ampatuan.”

Datu Cliff had worked as project staff for the national government’s Kabulnan Irrigation Project in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao before he was employed by the Datu Abdullah Sangki LGU.

His wife is undergoing medication at a private hospital in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat.

Datu Cliff was laid to rest before noon Thursday. (PNA)



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