MILF help sought in search of other massacre suspects

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will seek the help of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in its search for the suspects in the Maguindanao massacre who remain at large.

PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo said earlier that some of the 112 remaining suspects in the massacre have either joined the MILF or sought refuge in MILF-held territories to elude pursuing security forces.

Bacalzo said the PNP has already coordinated with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAP) in seeking the help of the MILF in the arrest of the missing suspects.

“Perhaps through the OPAP… they can ask the MILF to help us,” he said.

The PNP chief gave assurance that incidents such as the Maguindanao massacre will become a thing of the past since the police will no longer allow the use of militiamen and civilian volunteers as private armies.

Bacalzo said the PNP will start to control the number of policemen who will be assigned as members of the security forces of politicians.

He said the PNP has likewise organized 20 tracker teams under the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to hunt down the remaining massacre suspects who have not been arrested.

There are 195 persons, led by former Ampatuan town Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., and his father, former Maguindanao governor, Andal Ampatuan Sr., facing charges for the Maguindanao massacre. Anthony Vargas

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