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MANILA, Philippines (2nd Update 4:24 p.m.) -- Andal Ampatuan Sr., the prime suspect in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, was rushed to the hospital Friday after vomiting blood and complaining of difficulty in breathing, authorities reported.
Ampatuan was rushed to the Taguig Pateros Hospital at about 12:30 p.m. on Friday from his detention cell at the Quezon City Jail Annex inside Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, a report from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said. Five policemen and jail personnel provided security to the former governor.
In a separate interview, Jail Director Rosendo Dial said Ampatuan has just been transferred to the V. Luna Hospital in Quezon City as the Taguig Pateros Hospital has insufficient facilities to attend to Ampatuan.
"Kaninang umaga nagkaruon ng difficulty of breathing at mataas na lagnat at nag vomit ng dugo. Mababa rin ang blood pressure niya kaya dinala for emergency checkup," Dial said.
Concerned parties in the massacre case have already been informed of the situation including the prosecution and the local Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221, which is hearing the Maguindanao massacre case. Ampatuan was implicated in the Maguindanao massacre where 58 people, including 32 journalists, were killed.
Earlier, a staff at the Quezon City court on Friday said a jail officer named JO1 Balinag at Camp Bagong Diwa called up around 12:20 p.m. to inform the court that Andal Ampatuan Sr. was having difficulty breathing. This prompted the jail staff to bring Ampatuan to the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital, the court employee said.