Police arrest backhoe operator in Ampatuan massacre


The alleged operator of a backhoe used to dig the mass graves of 58 people in the country’s worst political massacre was arrested Saturday, November 24. Bong Andal, a former employee of the Ampatuans, did not resist when he was detained in the town of Midsayap, according to the police. The arrest came a day after the 3rd anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre. The Ampatuan clan is accused of carrying out the massacre to stop supporters of rival Esmael Mangudadatu from filing his certificate of candidacy. Among the 58 who were killed were Mangudadatu’s wife and sister, as well as journalists and media workers. At least one member of the Ampatuan clan is said to have participated in the killings, also ordering the burial of the victims in pits. Andal was the 106th suspect to be arrested, with 91 others still at large.

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