Baby Ama: The youngest person ever sentenced to death in the Philippines

Capital Punishment or Death Penalty or more commonly known as ‘Bitay’ is still a hot issue in the government nowadays. There have been varied opinions regarding this issue which is why it is still under debate as to it will be pushed for implementation or not.

Previously, the death penalty has been implemented in the country during the Marcos regime and back in 1999 but it was stopped in 2006.

Have you ever wondered what was the age of the youngest person ever sentenced to Bitay? Well, allow us to let you have a little knowledge about him.

Marcial “Baby” Ama was born in Tondo, Manila. He was incarcerated for theft and earned the nickname “Baby” because of his boyish looks. Despite the abuse he received in his early days in prison, he emerged as the leader of his own gang — “Sige Sige”.

Marcial gained folk hero status when his biography was filmed in 1976 with the movie “Bitayin Si baby Ama” starring the late action star Rudy Fernandez and Alma Moreno.

According to the film, he was jailed for stealing money for a friend’s education. His youthful good looks have made him a target inside the jail and he was eventually nicknamed “Baby” on account of his baby-face.

He was repeatedly sodomized and the final straw was when his pregnant wife was lured to a small hut by a prison guard and was raped. The event proved traumatic to the couple as his wife chose to commit suicide with their unborn child.

That’s where all hell broke loose. He became a “hit man” inside the cell, rapidly disposing his tormentors and eventually becoming a leader of his own prison mob.

According to Dokumentaryo ni Juan, in 1958, Baby Ama led the largest riot in the history of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, Philippines, with the death of nine inmates (one was beheaded). He was electrocuted on 04 October 1961, even after his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

You may also watch a documentary video made by Kaalaman Youtube channel.