Cops nab another massacre suspect

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Monday, November 8, 2010


KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Authorities nabbed in Cotabato City another suspect in the Maguindanao massacre, bringing to 79 the number of those arrested and formally charged for the mass murder.

Senior Superintendent Willie Dangane, chief of the Cotabato City police, identified the suspect as Salipada Tampugao, a former member of the civilian volunteers’ organization in Maguindanao province.

Dangane said the suspect was arrested at a checkpoint along Tamontaka road in Cotabato City around 9 a.m. Saturday, after weeks of surveillance.

Tampugao reportedly hid in a relative's house at Sitio Bago Inged in Barangay Tamontaka-3.

The suspect was on board a passenger vehicle when intercepted by Dangane's men.

Tampugao did not resist arrest but denied participation in the brutal slaying of 58 people on November 23, 2009 in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, saying he was not present when the massacre took place.

His name, however, was included in the charge sheet and he had a P250,000 bounty on his head.

There are about 197 suspects charged with multiple murder, including former Maguindanao governor Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his sons Andal Jr. and former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Datu Zaldy Ampatuan. Many of them are now detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. (Malu Cadelina Manar/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 08, 2010.

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