Wednesday, December 09, 2009

5 of recovered weapons belong to Ampatuan militiamen, military says

12/08/2009 | 08:47 PM

At least five of the weapons unearthed last Monday have been identified to belong to members of the Civilian Volunteers Organization (CVO) who reportedly remain loyal to the Ampatuans accused of masterminding the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao.

The serial numbers of five M16 assault rifles matched the weapons assigned to five CVO members based on a list signed by CVO leader Mohamad Sangki. The list was obtained by the military from the municipal hall of Ampatuan town in Maguindanao. [See: Third arms cache dug up behind Ampatuan town hall and also Firearms recovered in suspected ranch of Andal Sr. to be subjected to ballistics test]

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The five CVO members with the corresponding serial numbers of the M16s assigned to them are: Brods Daulog (434236); Mahdi Kamsa (120080); Mastura Limba (003401); Gapor Limba (003401); and Rakman Sugadol (245498).

Lt. Col. Edgardo de Leon, commander of the Philippine Army's 73rd Infantry Battalion, said the identification of the CVO members could help solve the November 23 crime.

"Pagka positive ang ballistic examination (If the ballistic examination is positive), then we will have positive identities already of the perpetrators. Kumbaga, yung (It means) firearms have links already to specific persons," said De Leon.

Meanwhile, Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Tuesday said that more high-powered firearms were found in a septic tank at the back portion of the house owned of CVO chief security Macapagal "Marlboro" Kamendan in Cotabato City.

The weapons recovered include: one M60 machine gun; five M14 rifles, five M203 grenade launchers; and 14 M16 rifles. The firearms were turned over to the PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Region 12, according to Espina. - GMANews.TV

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