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Vice mayor eyed as key witness in massacre case 11/10/2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Vice mayor eyed as key witness in massacre case

11/10/2010
A former town vice mayor is being eyed by prosecutors as a key witness in last year’s Maguindanao massacre, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirmed yesterday.

Former Vice Mayor Sukarno Badal of Sultan sa Barongis town  has agreed to meet with De Lima today in  Sultan Kudarat  where Badal is being detained in  a military camp.

Badal, also known as Commander Uka, surrendered to authorities over  the weekend. He was caretaker of some 500 assault rifles allegedly owned by former Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. of Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao. Badal  hails from the town of Sultan sa Barongis.

“I will personally assess his value as a potential state witness. I understand from sources and those who worked on his surrender that he has very valuable information not

only with respect to the massacre but also to some other operations of the Ampatuans,” she explained..... MORE

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