Ampatuan massacre

Police arrest Ampatuan massacre suspect

Bobby Lagsa
Police arrest Ampatuan massacre suspect
The suspect works as a security guard in a beverage plant in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental under a fictitious name

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-10 (CIDG-10) arrested a security guard allegedly involved in the Ampatuan massacre on Monday, August 24 in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

The CIDG-10 identified the suspect as Nasser Adam, 45, who is now a resident of Zone 6, Barangay Mohon, Tagoloan and works as a security guard in a beverage plant there. Adam goes by the name Umar Kasim.

Lieutenant Colonel Napoleon Carpio, CIDG-10 deputy chief, said Adam has been in hiding since authorities began arresting those involved in the massacre more than a decade ago.

Carpio said that Adam has a standing warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Regional Trial Court Branch 221 in Quezon City dated July 21, 2010. The suspect’s case was docketed under criminal case Q-10-163766, with no bail recommended.

“He was employed as a security guard using a fictitious name,” Carpio said.

Carpio said they considered Adam as a most wanted person included in the massacre’s list of suspects. Adam’s arrest has a monetary reward of P300,000 per Department of the Interior and Local Government memorandum circular 2010-53.

“Adam is a relative of the Ampatuan clan in Maguindanao…at least 8 of its principal members have already been convicted by Solis-Reyes on December 19, 2019,” Carpio added.

Ampatuan brothers Datu Andal Jr,  Zaldy, and Anwar Sr were convicted of 57 counts of murder in the gory massacre of 2009. Their other brother Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan was acquitted.

Police Captain Jerome Villegas, leader of the CIDG-10 team that arrested Adam, said the suspect first went to Metro Manila when the court issued an arrest warrant for him.

Villegas said Adam moved to Tagoloan only last December with the help of a relative. – Rappler.com