Manila, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it arrested one of the principals in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre after he was critically wounded in a blast that left one dead and six others wounded.
The suspect was arrested in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.
PNP Maguindanao police provincial director Sr. Supt. Marcelo Pintac identified the suspect as Ipeh Ampatuan, 27, son of former Mayor Anwar Ampatuan of Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao and grandson of former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr.
Ipeh, according to Pintac, was one of the 196 suspects in the Maguindanao massacre in Barangay Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.
Ipeh was with about 10 people on board a motorized boat in Maguindanao's Liguasan marshland heading toward Barangay Libutan, Mamasapano, Maguindanao when an explosion occurred at about 5 p.m. Sunday.
One of the passengers was killed while seven others, including Ipeh, were wounded.
He said Ipeh was accompanied by Commander Dagadas, head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) 118th Base Command.
Other high profile suspects who remained at large are Ulo Ampatuan and Saudi Ampatuan Jr. Pintac could not say if Commander Dagadas was one of the fatalities. Police are also determining if Ipeh was being protected by the MILF.
Ipeh who sustained injuries in the chest and other parts of his body is being treated at the Notre Dame Hospital.