ONE of the suspects in the Maguindanao massacre surrendered to authorities in Cotabato City.

The suspect, identified as Butukan S. Malang, 52, of Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, Maguindanao, works as a watchman in the municipal hall.

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Malang is now in the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).

Information said Malang is a first cousin of Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr.

However, Malang, in an interview, denied involvement in the massacre and that he surrendered to police authorities to clear his name.

CIDG-Armm Chief Jacinto Malinao said the family coordinated with the Datu Hoffer municipal station for Malang's surrender, adding that it is better for the suspects to surrender for them to defend themselves under due process of law. (Sunnex)