Cop wanted for involvement in 2009 ‘massacre’ gives up

January 24, 2020

A policeman wanted for his involvement in the infamous 2009 Maguindanao Massacre surrendered to officials of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Pagalungan, Maguindanao last Tuesday, PNP-CIDG chief, Brigadier General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said yesterday.

Patrolman Ysmael Baraquir, one of those ordered arrested by Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 22 in connection with the murder of 56 people on November 23, 2009 yielded to the CIDG Regional Field Unit 15 in Barangay Linandangan in Pagalungan municipality around 7:30 p.m., the official said.

The suspect who is also one of the most wanted persons in the country will be presented to the Q.C. court for proper disposition, said CIDG Bangsamoro Administrative Region chief, Colonel James Gulmatico.

The suspect became the latest among the 80 wanted Maguindanao Massacre suspects to be accounted by the PNP under General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa since Judge Solis-Reyes convicted eight members of the once powerful Ampatuan clan and sentenced them to a maximum of 40 years in prison in connection with the Maguindanao carnage.