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Suspects in ambush of Maguindanao massacre witness taken into custody

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By Nancy Carvajal

Four suspects in the ambush of Mohammad Sangki, a vital witness in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, have been taken into custody and are now being questioned by investigators, a source from the intelligence community told Politiko.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has yet to release its resolution involving the second set of suspects in the 2009 massacre that killed 58 people, including 32 media workers.

Sangki survived the attack last Wednesday in Cotabato City but his driver, Richard Escovilla, was killed in the ambush.

It was the second attempt of Sanki’s life in two months.

Sanki, was the one who testified against Unsay Ampatuan’s participation in the massacre, that led to his conviction.

Sangki, on board an Innova with escorts from the WPP and was traversing a national highway, when a black Mitsubishi Montero with plate number TQL883 fired at the vehicle.

The Montero was recovered by authorities near a Caltex refilling station in Koronadal City, driven by a Reynante Buer. The vehicle was registered under the name of Ismael Mastura.

Last December, Quezon City Regional Trial Court found Andal Jr. and his brother Zaldy, former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, guilty of 57 counts of murder and sentenced them to 40 years in prison without parole.

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