Cops, soldiers search Ampatuan homes for weapons

Philippine security forces on Friday morning searched the house of detained Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao province, a day after a large weapons stash was unearthed near the mansion of the powerful Ampatuan clan.

A report by GMA News’ Jun Veneracion said that the search being conducted by combined elements of the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines has so far yielded negative results.

The prime suspect in the November 23 killing of 57 people in Maguindanao, Andal Jr. is presently detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila.

He faces multiple murder charges in connection with what is now known as the Ampatuan massacre.

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