Datu Andal Ampatuan’s Mansion

Satellite image of Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan's mansion in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao

Maguindanao Governor Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his son, Zaldy Ampatuan, current governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, are plastered prominently in the news because they were tagged as the mastermind behind the horrific massacre in Maguindanao. The Vice-mayor of Buluan, Datu Ismail “Toto” Mangudadatu, planned to file his candidacy for the provincial governorship position. The Mangudadatu clan is a political rival of the Ampatuans. On November 23, his wife was en route to the capital to file on his behalf when their entourage, which included several relatives and quite a number of journalists, were ambushed and then killed by around 100 armed men.

This gruesome massacre brought to the national spotlight the problem of warlordism in certain parts of Muslim Mindanao. The Ampatuans have Maguindanao and surrounding areas in their hand and several members of the family hold key positions in the local government.

Thanks to BernieMack, I was made aware that Datu Andal Sr.‘s mansion is visible in Google Maps and here I now present it. This sprawling mansion is found in Shariff Aguak, the capital of Maguindanao. What’s pretty unique about this residence is that it has a mosque inside the grounds—it’s that white square-ish building that you can see on the satellite image thumbnail. According to Wikimapia, Zaldy’s mansion is found just to the east almost across the other side of the road. The opulence of these two men’s mansions only serve to highlight the fact that Maguindanao is one of the country’s poorest provinces.

If you want to learn more, and to see ground-level pictures of the mansion, check out BernieMack’s blog post of when he traveled through Maguindanao, and this special report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.

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November 25, 2009
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  1. ABDUL SAGAT wrote on November 26, 2009 @ 05:25AM

    2 c40’s will be just enough to flatten all the whole structure. the “other” group is just waiting for the proper time when all this shit clan will be together and the bombs which are already in place will be detonated to kingdom come.

  2. dodong flores wrote on November 26, 2009 @ 04:28PM

    That’s pretty amazing…

  3. tricia wrote on November 30, 2009 @ 04:35PM

    The Ampatuans have been singled out!!! There are other Muslim political families who have mansions like this too. Be fair people!

  4. mely ruiz wrote on December 3, 2009 @ 01:25AM

    confiscate all the mansions of all political clans,or all politicians who cannot show proof as where they got the money to build all their mansions and turn them into museums or tourists attractions to remind the people how greedy this politicians are.

  5. angel wrote on December 4, 2009 @ 12:54AM

    wow ang galing mo

  6. Juan Policarpio wrote on December 5, 2009 @ 08:57AM

    To be fair, I have meet these people, they are good, though some of them wants to protect their political interest in the area. The thing is the government did not made any political move to prevent such event from happening. We could blame it all to Malacanang for not looking into the matter. They should have anticipated that the Ampatuans have such capacity to do such acts. Least they just waited for Mangudadatu to do their plan for politics that resulted to the mass killings. There will be more violence in the coming elections that will possibly trigger another Martial Law. Let us be very careful with our actions and be vigilant guys!!!

  7. Omar Khalid wrote on December 6, 2009 @ 11:54AM

    There are many maguindanons here and we hated the Ampatuans and even the Mangundadatu’s who are War lords!! We also hated Gloria Arroyo!!! We are the poor people here, all victims of rich greedy politicians backed by Arroyo. About the massacre, it has been happening in Maguindanao eversince. Witness and evidence, nothing in their vocabulary.

    How could you say the Ampatuans are good men when they killed many helpless poor people since the first day they ruled in Maguindanao? Then, it happened to be 57 dead, many of those are innocent civilians who kissed the foot of their killers begging for their lives…the killers too are afraid not to follow Ampatuans…now they witnesses…..so you are so stupid to tell the Ampatuans are good because they are just protecting their political interest.

    Juan Policarpio, if I ever catch your tongue, I will cut it into pieces. You are also an Ampatuan!!!

    Omar khalid

  8. Ben Tambling wrote on December 7, 2009 @ 03:20PM

    How the hell did the Ampatuan managed to build
    up their riches unnoticed? Did anyone saw their
    mansion in Matina, Davao?

    I think we need to charge them for FRAUD too as
    it will not add up that their lifestyle inc luxury vehicles, mansions many wives etc will never amount to the amount of money that their businesses and salary makes in order to sustain such a lifestyle!!!

    No wonder everyone wants to go into politics!

    GREED & POLITICS = MURDER!
    Lies, dumb lies & politics

  9. MALDI wrote on December 9, 2009 @ 02:54AM

    MINSAN SUMAGI SA ISIP KO ANG PAGTATANONG SA DIYOS,BAKIT PINAPAHINTULUTAN ITONG MGA AMPATUAN NA MANG ALIPIN NG KAPWA NILA MUSLIM O KAPWA NILA TAO,AT KUNG DI SUSUNOD SA KANILA PAPATAYIN,,SESENSUHIN,AT KUNG SINO MAN ANG LALABAG SA BATAS NILA PATAY.,,,,KUNG KAYO ANG MAG ANALISA,ANO KAYA ANG DAPAT NATIN ITAWAG SA KANILA.

  10. aslaina hadji ali wrote on December 9, 2009 @ 08:56AM

    I agree to your comment omar khalid that ampatuan clan are tyrant,greedy,and walang mga puso!we are both muslim but kung ituring tayo ay parang mga hayop!kung tutuosin sila pa ag mga hayop!!!!kasi hindi gawain ng tao ag pumatay ng kapwa tao…..

  11. jess wrote on December 11, 2009 @ 04:00AM

    ampatuans are all shit!dapat lang na sila ay mabulok sa kulungan.gloria arroyo wala ka ring puso!

  12. Berniemack wrote on December 12, 2009 @ 09:29AM

    Thanks for mentioning, Eugene! Hehe! It is indeed a landmark in Shariff Aguak. Amidst the sparse homes made of decent materials, the house is outstanding. In the sea of poverty lies an edifice of grandeur and power over the said kingdom of Maguindanao.

    I’m just wondering, was the creation of the defunct Shariff Kabunsuan a way to separate another territory of another influential family in Maguindanao? I noticed that most of the concentration in the military efforts are at the Ampatuan realm in the south-central areas. Mostly of northern half of Maguindanao (once Shariff Kabunsuan) is somehow not that in the news as compared to the southern half.

  13. sagaral masabuna wrote on December 13, 2009 @ 04:32PM

    AMPATUAN, DIMAPORO, SALAPPUDDIN, MANGUDADATUMANY MANY MORE., IN SULU, IN TAWI-TAWI, EVEN IN THE PROVINCES OF ZAMBOANGA,………….. ALL IN MINDANAO…..POLITICIANS ARE ALL ALIKE, THEY FEEL THAT THEY OWN THE LOCALITY.. THEY ALSO FEEL THAT ALL THE GOVERNMENT FUNDS INTENDED TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS ARE ALL THEIRS.. SPENDING FOR THEIR OWN,, POCKETING FOR THEIR OWN..AND…NOBODY CAN STOP THEM…WHY.. BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE ARE ALL GREEDY, CORRUPT, AND MOST OF ALL. THEY ARE ALL FAKE BELIEVERS OF GOD ALMIGHTY

  14. Perteng Gahia wrote on December 22, 2009 @ 12:18AM

    The Ampatuans made Mindanao or Muslims infamous by following the traditional datu customs for power, wealth and lifestyle. The question that arises is;Is there any muslim that can run for governor in ARMM and win – without private armies, who has a sense of honesty, with a big heart that has only good intentions to help his constituents even without corruption.
    The Ampatuans never value education for success but money is. In fact Unsay is only grade two but a famous sabungero he become,his grade 4 father Andal Sr was proud of and happy for. They were right. Money is power and all you need to stay powerful enough to distort values of his friends (Juan Policarpio) and the society they belong. Erap,datu,pinoy politics, ARMM is always synonymous to corruption. Your only consolation is all of the above loves you (or the money involved) and is ready to kill or die for you.

  15. thalia wrote on January 12, 2010 @ 01:19PM

    WILL YOU JUST SHUT UP JUAN POLICARPIO
    YOUR TELLING US TO BE CAREFUL OF WHAT WE ARE SAYING..
    WHILE THE AMPATUAN’S OR LET’S JUST SAY THE CRIMINAL’S ARE NOT FAIR THEY JUST KILL THEM LIKE THAT …LIKE ANIMALS
    IM WONDERING IF YOUR CONSCIENCE EVEN BOTHER YOU..
    FOR GOD’S SAKE THERE ARE WOMAN..
    AND SOME ARE CHILDREN..
    CNA NASA INU PA ANG PRESENXIA NG DYUS!!
    WE’RE JUST FILIPINOS SPEAKING 4 THEMSELVES..!!!

    thalia
    13 yrs. old
    pinoy 2

  16. Baby wrote on January 17, 2010 @ 10:49PM

    Please look into the case of the leaders in the Province of Tawi-Tawi. They are also corrupt people. Check the accomplishment of the former mayor Tiblan Ahaja. His mother was just selling tobacco in the market, he had a small bakery that bakes, cooks only pan de sal and other native delicacies. When he became mayor of the Island of Sitangkai, he looted almost all of the budget supposedly for the development. He is now a super millionaire with an estimated wealth of P25M. Just imagine from a panadero to a multi millionaire. Please help Tawi-Tawi.

  17. Indah wrote on January 17, 2010 @ 10:52PM

    Please look into the case of the leaders in the Province of Tawi-Tawi. They are also corrupt people. Check the accomplishment of the former mayor Tiblan Ahaja. His mother was just selling tobacco in the market, he had a small bakery that bakes, cooks only pan de sal and other native delicacies. When he became mayor of the Island of Sitangkai, he looted almost all of the budget supposedly for the development. He is now a super millionaire with an estimated wealth of P25M. Just imagine from a panadero to a multi millionaire. Please help Tawi-Tawi.

  18. Dragona wrote on February 23, 2010 @ 10:10AM

    KAPAL NAMAN NI JUAN POLICARPIO, WHAT IF ISA SA PAMILYA MO ANG NAPATAY, ANO KAYA REACTION MO? MATUWA KA KAYA? MAHABAG OR SASABIHIN MO PA RIN AY MABAIT ANG MGA AMPATUANS, YOU CAN FUCKIN’ GO TO HELL, DAPAT SA KANILA AMPATUAN GENOCIDE, UBUSIN DIN LAHI, PARA WAG DUMAMI, SUMAMA KANA RIN

  19. Anak Sitangkai wrote on October 21, 2010 @ 05:05PM

    Agree ako sa iyo baby/indah…I was born and grew up in that poor little place!If only the budget was spent wisely for the progress of the community it would not be as what he is today!Its very sad…please help sitangkai tawi-tawi!!!

  20. DOROCHER wrote on November 10, 2010 @ 06:58AM

    ampatuan family should pay for what they have done, i hope that the philippine goverment will do its job, and for the judge not to accept bribes….justice to the victim and its families should prevail.

  21. pastilang kinabuhia wrote on June 19, 2011 @ 08:20PM

    Why so many politicians want to stay in power, and lots of people joining politics? What’s in politcs that they will kill people just to stay in power? Is it because of the huge budget they will get from the government? the priviledge to be served instead of serving? to own private armies? Who can assure after Ampatuan’s collapse, a new set of politicians who will rule Maguindanao would not be the same as Ampatuans? Poor people just keep on hoping without certainty! But they’re the one’s who suffer the most, still in poverty, years have gone or even century to expect a good result! Who could ever tell, when one politicians saw millions and millions of money intended for the poor’s benefits & development, what comes on his mind first, to serve people or to serve him??

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