COTABATO CITY: After a week-long Army and police covert operation, another suspect in the infamous Maguindanao massacre was arrested on Sunday, police said.
Authorities said Khominie Inggo, 49, was arrested in his safe house at Mamasa- pano town.
Chief Supt. Noel Delos Reyes, police regional director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said Inggo voluntarily surrendered after sensing soldiers and policemen surrounding his home in Barangay Manongcaling on Sunday afternoon.
Members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-ARMM) confiscated an unlicensed M-14 assault rifle with ammunition during the operation.
Inggo, a member of the government militia of former Maguin–danao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr, was among the massacre suspects who remained at large. He has a P250,000 reward on his head.
Colonel Dickson Hermoso, 6th Infantry Division spokesperson, quoting an Army report, said village officials provided the military and elements of the 45th Infantry Battalion on the exact location of the suspect.
Inggo was the 107th individual arrested for involvement in the gruesome killing of 58 people, including journalists, in what considered to be the most bloody election related violence in the country’s history.
Judge Jocelyn Reyes of the Quezon City regional trial court had ordered the arrest of 196 persons for the massacre.
Among those already behind bars were members of the influential Ampatuan clan who allegedly masterminded the killings.
Inggo admitted he was a former member of Maguindanao para military troops but denied participation in the massacre.
After undergoing tacti- cal interrogation, Inggo was turned over to the CIDG-ARMM office in Cotabato City before he will be turned over to court custody.