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The Maguindanao Massacre ‘Smoking Gun’; Massacre ‘Participant’ Talks? (Retitled/Updated)

November 29, 2009

This must be the biggest ‘smoking gun’: the backhoe of the Maguindanao provincial government that was used in the most gruesome crime this country has ever witnessed.

Quite surrealistically, it was also this backhoe that crime scene investigators had to use last week to dig out the corpus delicti: the very bodies of the massacre victims, along with several of their crumpled ‘death vehicles’.

I am far away here in Manila but my stomach still turned when these images of mutilated bodies mechanically fished out by the back hoe came to light!

The names of two men top the list of witnesses-cum-suspects police investigators still have not found: Hanid Delayudin and Efren Macanas.

They have been variously tagged as ‘duty back hoe operators on the day of the Satanic crime, November 23, 2009.

But are they still alive or in hiding.

ABS-CBN reported Friday that the relatives of Macanas had received a text message from him, but no one really knows for sure if this is authentic.

The backhoe undoubtedly is the most material piece of evidence in this case.

It surely won’t fit in any court room soon, but this one key to resolving that insane crime.

1st Update:

Authorities have found Macanas, one of the two listed back hoe operators.

But Macanas story is that he only drove the back hoe to a gasoline station on Shariff Aguak and was only told later that it was Delayudin who had taken the backhoe to the site of the massacre.

Meanwhile, a supposed participant in the massacre as spoken about his role and pointed to the alleged mastermind:

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