Suspect in 2008 Digos bombing arrested

May 27 2016 8:19 AM

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After eight years, a suspect in the bombing of a bus terminal in Digos City in Davao del Sur in 2008 was arrested in a joint police-military operation, a Mindanao radio station reported.

Law enforcers arrested Kamad “Madz” Makauyag on Thursday, May 26, after surveillance operations, Notre Dame Broadcasting Corp. News reported.

They also arrested Mahal Matalam, chairman of Barangay Penfarm in Datu Paglas in Maguindanao for illegal possession of guns, the report said.

Recovered from the village chairman in the raid were a German-made cal-.22 rifle, a 9-mm sub-machine gun and a cal-.40 pistol with ammunition.

Six people were killed while 30 others were wounded after an improvised bomb with nails left in the overhead bin of a Malita-bound Metro Shuttle bus exploded on April 2, 2008.

Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Autonmous Region in Muslim Mindanao chief Senior Inspector Allan Uy Makauyag was named in a search warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court in Digos City.

“Our priority was Makauyag because he was a member of Al-khobar extortion group, we search the vicinity and found firearms in the house of Matalam,” Uy said.

But Makauyag denied participation in the bombing, saying he was an ordinary farmer working as caretaker in the house of Matalam.

Makauyag and Matalam were in the same residential compound owned by Matalam during the raid. Matalam’s father is former Maguindanao Rep. Guimid “Jimmy” Matalam.

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