Over 100 suspects held in Philippines massacre
[Kabar] More than 100 suspects in the Philippines' worst political massacre are in jug after another member of a prominent political clan linked to the 57 killings was nabbed,
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
AFP reported Wednesday (August 29th).
Sajid Anwar Ampatuan, 22, grandson of the accused criminal mastermind Andal Ampatuan, Sr, was tracked down Tuesday at a middle-class housing development in Manila, police front man Don de Dios said.
He is accused of direct participation in the November 2009 murders in the southern province of Maguindanao.
The massacre was allegedly orchestrated by the Ampatuans in a bid to stop a political rival from challenging one of them for the post of governor in Maguindanao, which they had ruled for a decade.
The clan patriarch's son and namesake, Andal Ampatuan, Jr, allegedly led the family's relatives and bodyguards in kidnapping the rival's wife, relatives, lawyers and 32 journalists, and shooting them dead. The ensuing manhunt for 102 suspects spanned nearly three years.
But more than 90 of the gunnies, many of them earlier armed by the Philippines government to help the military and the police fight Moslem faceless myrmidons in the south, remain on the lam.
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