Maguindanao massacre suspect nabbed in S. Cotabato

Posted at 11/02/2012 9:39 AM | Updated as of 11/02/2012 10:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Another suspect in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre was arrested Thursday midnight, a report by the Philippine News Agency said.

The suspect, identified as Abedin Alamada alias Commander Bedi, was arrested in Sitio Lanas, Barangay Upper Sepaka in Surallah town. He did not resist arrest.

Alamada, who had a P250,000 bounty on his head, was arrested by virtue of a warrant issued by Judge Jocelyn Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221.

The suspect's last known address was in Barangay Meta, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.

Alamada is now under under the custody of the South Cotabato Provincial Police Office for proper documentation and tactical interrogation.

The country will commemorate the third year anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre on November 23. The victims now number 58 after the Department of Justice amended its charge sheet against the respondents, led by former Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr.

It was only last September that the DoJ recognized photojournalist Reynaldo Geneblaza Momay as the 58th victim, based on his dentures found at the scene of the crime.

Besides Ampatuan, his father and namesake and other members of the family, nearly 200 has been named as respondents.

Last August, another member of the Ampatuan clan, Datu Ulo, was arrested in Las Piñas City.

Datu Ulo is the grandson of former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr.