Two days after the Ampatuan Massacre occurred on Nov. 23, 2009, a team of journalists, lawyers, and a forensic expert flew to the site to extend immediate humanitarian assistance to the victims and their families, and to conduct an independent and fair documentation of what had happened.
Numerous motions filed by lawyers of the accused Ampatuans had stretched the pace of the trial interminably. By 2013, they had filed nine motions for the judge to recuse herself. Bail hearings for 70 detained suspects and lead accused, Datu Unsay Ampatuan, ended only in 2017.
Three years after the Ampatuan Massacre trial began, the high court in December 2013 assigned an "assisting judge" to speed up the process.
A week after the Ampatuan Massacre of Nov. 23, 2009, the Ampatuans tried to secure amnesty for dozens of their high-powered, high-end firearms. After the massacre, the AFP unearthed or seized 1,200 illegal firearms in Maguindanao, including at least 300 reportedly linked to the incident.