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Bounty hunters making search for 92 Maguindanao massacre suspects more difficult



CIDG Director Samuel D. Pagdilao Jr. FILE PHOTO

Tipsters after a P250,000 bounty are making the hunt for 92 suspects in the Maguindanao massacre still at large much more difficult.

As a result, the Philippine National Police announced Thursday it would have to “shift its strategy” in the manhunt.

In a statement, the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said the strategy would include a review of the identities and personal profiles of the suspects “and if necessary to purge the list in order to come up with a logical approach in accounting for the remaining suspects.”

Director Samuel Pagdilao noted that in several cases where people  were mistakenly arrested because their names were similar to those on the list of wanted persons.

The CIDG chief directed the head of the Special Investigation Task Group Maguindanao, Senior Supt. Keith Ernald Singian, to conduct a research that would establish the identities of the real suspects.

Pagdilao admitted that the “arrest of the remaining suspects has hit a snag” because of the fictitious and similar names and aliases of the suspects.

The lack of identifying documents, birth certificates, and photos of the suspects has made it difficult for CIDG operatives to establish the identities of the suspects and implement the arrest warrants.

Senior Insp. Kimberly Gonzales, CIDG spokesperson, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone the police would also have to confirm a seeming “pattern” that there were people “orchestrating” the arrests of alleged suspects, only for the authorities to find out that these people were not involved in the gruesome massacre.

The supposed tipsters are apparently only out to get the reward money of P250,000 for information leading to the arrest of each of the suspect, Gonzales said.

Pagdilao has ordered an investigation of the reports.

The CIDG chief  also thanked the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), through Vice Chair for Political Affairs Ghadzali Jaafar, for its assurance it would help law enforcers to locate suspects believed to be hiding in MILF areas. Nikko Dizon


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  • Loggnat

    1) ’ Tipsters after a P250,000 bounty are making the hunt for 92 suspects in the Maguindanao massacre still at large much more difficult.The supposed tipsters are apparently only out to get the reward money of P250,000 for information leading to the arrest of each of the suspect,
    Gonzales said.’ /// This article is a window to the inefficiency, laziness and absolute ineptness on how investigation is done by the CIDG. Let’s consider  the line above. Tipster are definitely for the reward but every tip can be the one that might lead to the fugitive, so everyone one of them must be verified. Wasting manpower and time in investigating plus going after false or unproductive tipster is counter-productive. It could also prevent a tipster who really have an important information to not call in the tip knowing they could be investigated and specially if the tipster has a fear of the law.

    2) ‘ the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said the strategy would include a review of the identities and personal profiles of the suspects “and if necessary to purge the list in order to come up with a logical approach in accounting for the remaining suspects.” The CIDG chief directed the head of the Special Investigation Task Group Maguindanao, Senior Supt. Keith Ernald Singian, to conduct a research that would establish the identities of the real suspects.’ /// The law enforcement investigators should have done this steps in the beginning or at least long time ago to provide their officers who might be tasked to apprehend this suspects with accurate and quick method of verifying the suspects identity. How can CIDG do an accurate investigation if they only have a name and no background information plus the most important thing a reliable description, image or photo of the suspect? They seem to be relying solely on the tipster and nothing else. I sure hope that it is not so.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAUFRN6E4JJ67TDR25KRGR3DFE Zen

      your argument is good. but i really hate it when people re-post the article’s parts in the comment section when they can head straight to explain their points. you can do that, you know. just be articulate. no need to be redundant. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    The CIDG chief  also thanked the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF),
    through Vice Chair for Political Affairs Ghadzali Jaafar, for its
    assurance it would help law enforcers to locate suspects believed to be
    hiding in MILF areas.

    Kahit na may peace agreement, lahat yata ng may criminal records ay protektado sa MILF areas.
    Eto ba yung inaasahan ng gobyerno na susunod sa batas ang mga ito?
    Mukhang naisahan nanaman ang administrasyon ng mga bugok na MILF.

  • EdgarEdgar

    An unspeakable bloodbath that claimed 58 human lives, placed on hold the lives of 58 families and dragged on for more than 1,000 days and still counting.

    Where is the justice that Noynoy promised the Filipino people? 

    • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

      OMG! PNoy, where is the justice that you promised? Where? Maybe because PNoy is part of this oligarch thingie that is why justice is slow or something.

      We can never expect anything good from these rich people!

      Also, antagal na nitong pimple ko, di pa din nawawala. PNoy, bakit? Bakeeet???

      • EdgarEdgar

        Pimple? If you’ve had that pimple for some time now after having contact with our gay president Noynoy, please have yourself checked by a doctor. Better yet, have yourself confined and undergo an executive check-up. It could be a lot worse than you think. I’ll pray for you Tristanism. And you soul, too, if it comes to that. Take care and rest.in.peace.

      • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

        What, my soul could be broken? Why has PNoy not fixed that? Oligarch, fix my soul!

      • EdgarEdgar

        Thanks for showing making fun of the Maguindanao Massacre victims and revealing your true color. Chinks like you naturally sympathize with the oligarchs. You’re too obvious.

      • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

        Yep, that’s what I did.

    • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

      The wheels of justice are wondrous slow and the executive branch of our government has little or nothing to do about it but the judicial branch. Get your facts together idiot.

      • EdgarEdgar

        And yet the victims’ families themselves accuse the gov’t of keeping the pace slow and lacking political wheel. Even this very paper, PDI, accused Noynoy and his administration for aiding and abetting criminals by having LP form a coalition with the Ampatuans to garner more votes in the south come May 2013. It seems you haven’t read the editorial for today and the other news items.

        Now that makes you the idiot.

      • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

        Stick to the issue, moron.

        Ang layo ng sagot mo, tanga.

      • EdgarEdgar

        Thanks for calling me names. Care to defend the indefensible and explain why it is ok for Noynoy to form an alliance with a criminal clan?

        This time, no evasion please.

      • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

        You are welcome.
        There’s another article today under which you can address this issue properly. Find my comments there.
        Calling u a moron is an understatement. U r useless.

      • EdgarEdgar

        The useless moron came out of your mother and came of age just now. Congratulations.



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