The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vowed Saturday, December 22, to help the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the manhunt operations against some 80 suspects in the Maguindanao massacre who remain at large.
“The AFP vigorously supports the PNP in law enforcement operations as in the previous cases,” said AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo.
“The manhunt for the remaining suspects in the Maguindanao Massacre who are still at large is no different,” he said.
In the interest of peace and order to protect the people and secure the state, the AFP official said the military will commit all available resources to locate and arrest fugitives from justice.
After 10 years since the gruesome killings of 58 persons, including 32 journalists, on Nov. 23, 2009, Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Quezon City Regional Trial Court came out with a ruling in the Maguindanao massacre case on December 19.
Out of the 101 accused, 28 individuals, including five members of the Ampatuan clan, were sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole.
Fifteen other accused were sentenced to suffer imprisonment of six years of prision correccional as minimum to 10 years and eight months of prision mayor as maximum for being accessories to the crime.
On the other hand, 56 accused were acquitted.