PNP-CIDG starts serving arrest warrants vs Maguindanao massacre suspects

March 25, 2010 10:09 pm 

MANILA, March 25 –- The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) started serving on Thursday the warrants of arrest against 189 suspects, including police officers, in the massacre of at least 57 civilians and media practitioners in Maguindanao province last year.

PNP-CIDG director Chief Supt. Francisco Don Montenegro said that at around 10:30 a.m. today, the CIDG served 47 warrants of arrest to members of the PNP now under police custody after being implicated in the massacre in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao last November 23.

The serving of the warrants, according to Montenegro, was in response to the order of Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes.

Among those served with warrants were Superintendent Abusana Maguid, officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Maguindanao Police Provincial Office; Superintendent Bahnarin Kamaong, Superintendent Abdulwahid Pedtucasan and Chief Inspector Sukarno Dikay, deputy provincial director of the Maguindanao Provincial Police.

Also included were Inspector Armando Mariga, former chief of the 1506th Provincial Mobile Group (PMG); Inspector Saudi Mokamad, former chief of the 1507th PMG; Inspector Rex Ariel Diongon of 1508th PMG; Senior Inspector Abdulgapor Abad of 15th Regional Mobile Group; SPO2 Badawi Bakal of the Ampatuan Municipal Police Station.

A total of 56 counts of murder were filed by the complainants, led by Buluan town Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu, against the perpetrators of the massacre. The suspects are led by Datu Unsay town Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. who is presently detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila.

Aside from Ampatuan Jr., his father and patriarch of the powerful Ampatuan clan, erstwhile Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., was also implicated in the massacre. The elder Ampatuan is presently facing rebellion charges and is under hospital detention in Davao City.

Other members of the Ampatuan clan also charged with rebellion include suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan, acting Maguindanao Governor Sajid Ampatuan, former Vice Governor Akmad Ampatuan, and former Shariff Aguak Mayor Anwar Ampatuan. (PNA) scs/MM

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