CIDG operatives nab Maguindanao massacre suspect in Cotabato

March 27, 2012 1:13 am 

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, March 26 – Operatives of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Cotabato City arrested one of the suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre while undergoing treatment for blast injuries at hospital in Cotabato City Sunday night.

CIDG chief Director Samuel D. Pagdilao Jr. said operatives in Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), led by Supt. Leo Quevedo served the warrant of arrest for 57 counts of murder to the suspect Datu Anwar Ipi Upam Ampatuan while confined at the Notre Dame Hospital in Cotabato City.

Quevedo said that Ampatuan was already in a stable condition at the hospital when the warrant was served on him at about 6:30 p.m. The arrest warrant was received by Ampatuan's two lawyers.

Quevedo said that Ampatuan, who is the grandson of Andal Ampatuan Sr., was confined at the hospital for treatment of severe injuries he sustained after the pump boat he was riding in was blown off by still unknown kind of explosive around 2 pm Sunday.

It was soldiers and police operatives who fetched the suspect at the boundary of Sharif Aguak.

Quevedo said that before the blast, Ampatuan was reportedly with the company of unknown number of Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF rebels, led by Dagadas Alim, the commander of 118 Battalion of the MILF, on board the ill-fated pump boat in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Quevedo said that while they were still investigating the cause of the explosion they received reports that the blast killed the skipper of the pump boat and injured three others.

At present, investigation is still in progress to determine the whereabouts of Commander Alim and the identity of the pilot who was killed in the blast.

Quevedo added that the CIDG will immediately turn over Ampatuan to Branch 221, Quezon City Regional Trial Court as soon as he becomes fit to travel.

Ampatuan, who is carrying P300,000 rewards on his head, was the 96th suspect to fall to the authorities. (PNA)

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