MANILA, Philippines—She could have depicted him as a monster or a devil.
But her training as an artist superseded whatever personal sentiments Ala Paredes may have had toward Andal Ampatuan Jr., the primary suspect in the mass murder of 57 people in Maguindanao.
Paredes, 26, was the official courtroom sketch artist of the Supreme Court at Tuesday’s trial of Ampatuan’s multiple murder case in Camp Crame.
“An uncle joked about drawing him (Ampatuan) as a monster. But as a courtroom sketcher, I’m not allowed to embellish the images I draw,” she told reporters after the hearing.