‘Backhoe operator’ seeks police protection

Bong Andal, the alleged backkhoe operator in the Maguindanao massacre, wants government protection

TO FACE THE COURT. Bong Andal, the alleged backhoe operator in the Maguindanao massacre, arrives in Manila. Photo courtesy of the CIDG.
MANILA, Philippines – The alleged backhoe operator in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre has asked the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) for protective custody pending the result of his application to turn state witness.

The CIDG said Bong Andal has requested Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr. that he be placed under temporary protective custody for his safety while waiting for the court’s reply to an oral motion on where he will be committed.

Andal also asked the CIDG to secure his family.

On Wednesday, November 28, the prosecution raised the issue of Andal’s safety before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 and asked that he be jailed either at the PNP custodial center or at the CIDG main
facility both in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Andal, in a statement made in front of his lawyer, expressed willingness
to provide testimonies regarding the incident at Barangay Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao on November 23, 2009 where 58 people were

Andal was arrested in Midsayap, Cotabato last November 24, a day after the massacre’s third anniversary. At leasy 90 other suspects remain at large, however. – Rappler.com