Another suspect in 2009 Ampatuan Mssacre falls

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/15 Dec) —  One of the 196 persons accused in the Ampatuan Massacre of November 23, 2009 was arrested inside a government hospital where he worked as security guard, at around 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, a police official said.

Arrested was Sahid Guiamadel, 30, a member of the Provincial Security Guard in North Cotabato.

Also known as Jun Aliman, Guiamadel is a resident of Barangay Meta, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.

Chief Inspector Elmer Guevarra, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Team in North Cotabato, said Guiamadel, did not resist arrest when police operatives tracked him down in the Cotabato Provincial Hospital in Amas.

“He simply took his uniform, got his bag and without a word, joined the CIDG operatives,” said Guevarra.

Guevarra said a relative of Guiamadel tipped them off about his whereabouts.

A reward of P250,000 awaits the informant.

After hiding for more than a year, Guiamadel worked as security guard, first at the Amado Diaz Hospital in Midsayap then later at the Cotabato Provincial Hospital in Kidapawan City.

“Even his colleagues at the hospital never thought he was among those wanted for the murder of 57 people in Maguindanao,” said Guevarra.   Fifty eight persons were killed in the worst pre-election violence in the history of this country. The remains of one of the victims remain missing but for his dentures.

Guiamadel was arrested based on the warrant issued by Judge Jocelyn Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court branch 221 last March 24, 2010.

The accused was immediately brought to the Cotabato City headquarters of the CIDG  in the Autonmous Region in Muslim Mindanao. (Malu Cadelina-Manar/MindaNews)