Three days after the Maguindanao massacre, 57 murdered no arrests
There have been some miss leading reports some due to translation and communication problems and a total lack of understanding of the legal process here in the Philippines. People can be taken into custody for questioning but that is not considered as an arrest. Arrests can only be made under a warrant issued by a Judge. In fact I thought Andal Ampatuan had been arrested when he surrender himself the report was shown life on Television yesterday not knowing that a warrant was not issued.
But here is what I think is the real story because it’s from the main local newspaper Tempo…
Andal Ampatuan Jr., scion of a powerful clan suspected in the massacre of 57 people in an election caravan in Maguindanao last Monday, turned himself in Thursday amid mounting pressure on the government to crack down on lawlessness and warlords.
Police also began rounding up all those who were linked to the massacre of at least 57 journalists and other personalities in Maguindanao, with officials revealing that they have nearly 400 people now under their custody, including Andal Jr., the mayor of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.
Director-General Jesus Verzosa, Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the suspects whom they ordered restricted and placed under investigation include the 347 militiamen assigned to Maguindanao, the entire police force of Ampatuan town numbering to at least 20 and other police officials assigned to other areas of the troubled province.
“They are all considered suspects. They are now being investigated… On the part of the militiamen, their firearms are now being subjected to ballistics examination and their fingerprints would be obtained in order to match those which were lifted from the crime scene,” said Verzosa in a chance interview.
The story also tallies with what is being said on the local television news channels.
No one has yet been arrested…. !!!
Yesterdays story from english.aljazeera.net was full of miss information and I am not sure about their source being one that could be trusted?
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Negros Oriental, Philippines