Another Maguindanao massacre suspect falls

GOVERNMENT security forces arrested another suspect in the infamous Maguindanao massacre during manhunt operation in Cotabato City Saturday morning, police said yesterday.

Reports reaching Camp Crame identified the arrested massacre suspect as Salipada Tampugao, a former militiaman.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Senior Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said Tampugao was nabbed by Criminal Investigation and Detective Group (CIDG) and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) police operatives at a house on Purok Bango Ingued Mother in Brgy. Tamontaka in Cotabato City.

The PNP spokesmans said the arrest was covered by a warrant issued by Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QCRTC) Branch 221 which is hearing the Maguindanao massacre case.

Cruz said that Tampugao was among the 195 people, led by former Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., who were accused of the murder of 57 people, including 32 journalists, in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao on November 23, 2009.

The PNP spokesman added that with Tampugao’s arrest, the number of suspects in the massacre that still remain at large now went down to 116, with a P250, 000 reward each offered for their arrest.

Former Maguindanao Gov., Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his son, Andal Jr., have been tagged as the alleged mastermind in the gruesome murder, the worst politically motivated killings in the country. Anthony Vargas

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