Police nab another Maguindanao massacre suspect

April 13, 2010 10:05 pm 

MANILA, April 13 – After five months in hiding, another suspect in the gruesome Maguindanao massacre was collared by government security forces on Tuesday morning, a ranking police official said.

Senior Supt. Benito Estipona, commander of the Task Force Maguindanao, said Naot Duma was captured at around 1:40 a.m. in Barangay Meta in Datu Unsay town by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 221.

Estipona said Duma was among the more or less 100 members of Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVO) who allegedly perpetrated the November 23, 2009 massacre of at least 57 civilians and media practitioners in Ampatuan town.

As of now, Estipona said police tracker teams are still running after 137 suspects in the gruesome massacre.

“We look forward to more arrests in the days to come,” said Estipona.

Government authorities have already arrested 59 in connection with the massacre, including several members of the powerful Ampatuan clan and police officers loyal to the clan.

Datu Unsay town Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., who was tagged as the leader of the armed men who committed the massacre, was the first to be arrested and is now detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila. He is facing 56 counts of murder.

On the other hand, the patriarch of the powerful clan, erstwhile Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his son suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, along with other members of the clan, are also detained for rebellion charges. (PNA)



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