Ex-cop in Maguindanao massacre yields

A FORMER policeman who is among those wanted for the massacre of 57 persons, including 31 journalists, in Maguindanao last year surrendered yesterday to authorities in Camp Crame.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Senior Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. identified the massacre suspect who surrendered as former PO1 Narkouk Duloan Mascud, a former member of the province’s police force.

“The suspect said he wanted to clear his name of alleged participation in the murders, which is why he decided to give himself up,” Cruz told reporters in Camp Crame.

Upon learning that a warrant was issued for his arrest, the former policeman contacted Maj/ Tante Angagao of the 7th Military Operations School in Fort Bonifacio to arrange for his surrender.

Angagao accompanied Mascud to the office of Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol, director of the Police Community Relations Group (PCRG).

The former policeman was then turned over to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) “for proper disposition,” the PNP spokesman said.

Mascud is among the 112 Maguindanao massacre suspects who are the subject of nationwide manhunt operations.

The Department of the Interior and Local Governemnt (DILG) has offered P28 million for the information leading to the arrest of the 111 more massacre suspects who still remain at large.

Mascud joined the PNP in 1999 and was assigned with the Provincial Mobile Group (PMG) in Maguindanao.

He was among the group of PNP personnel and CVO volunteers who were brought to Manila to undergo further investigation, but he left their billeting area at the Kiangan Hall in Camp Crame in February this year. Anthony Vargas

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