Monday, 23 May 2011 12:50
COTABATO CITY - Police arrested on Friday in Gen. Santos City another suspect in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.
Chief Superintendent Benjardi Mantele, police director for Central Mindanao, identified the suspect in the gruesome murder as Kamper Silongan alias Jun who carries a P250,000 reward for his arrest.
Mantele, citing police report from PNP-Gen. Santos City and operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, said that Silongan was arrested around 10 a.m. at the Queen Tuna Park in Gen. Santos City.
With Silongan's arrest, the total number of suspects now in government custody rose to 90. More than 100 others remain at large and are the subject of manhunt.
Armed with arrest warrants issued by Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis of the Regional Trial Court Branch 221, the lawmen surrounded Silongan at the park.
He did not resist arrest but obviously he was surprised, Mantele said.
At least 57 people were massacred in a mountainous area near Ampatuan town on Nov. 23, 2009 in what authorities described as the worst political violence in the country's history.
Relatives of the victims blamed the Ampatuan clan, led by former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan who, along with his four sons, are now in government custody. (PNA)
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