Philippines: gunmen arrested

Updated On: Nov 26, 2009

MANILA - Several gunmen linked to a powerful Philippine politician were arrested Thursday over the election-related massacre of at least 57 people, the country's police chief said.

"We don't have an exact number (of those arrested), but our policemen in the area have arrested several," national police Director General Jesus Verzosa said on DZBB radio.

He identified the suspects as militiamen under the control of Andal Ampatuan Jnr, who is accused of masterminding Monday's killings in the southern province of Maguindanao.

"Andal Ampatuan Jnr is a suspect. He has sent feelers and Secretary Dureza will accompany him to submit to an investigation," Verzosa said, referring to President Gloria Arroyo's adviser on the southern island of Mindanao.

The massacre occurred after about 100 Ampatuan gunmen allegedly abducted a convoy of aides and relatives of a rival politician, Esmael Mangudadatu, plus a group of journalists.

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Source: AFP (through Channel NewsAsia), "Gunmen in Philippine Massacre arrested," November 26, 2009,http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1020635/1/.h...

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