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MANILA – Another suspect in the infamous Maguindanao massacre, who is said to be the operator of the backhoe that dug the victims’ shallow graves, was arrested last Nov. 3 in North Cotabato.

Police took into custody Bong Andal following two to three months of surveillance operations, radio dzBB reported.

Cotabato police chief Senior Superintendent Roque Alcantara was quoted as saying Andal was arrested after he visited his wife.

He allegedly admitted before investigators that he was the driver of the backhoe, but denied admitting it before reporters, the dzBB also reported.

Also last November 23, another suspect in the massacre was arrested while mingling with families and friends of some of the victims who were observing the third anniversary of the massacre.

At least 58 people, including 32 media workers, were killed and buried in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009.

The massacre sparked international outrage.

Malacañang had been criticized for the supposedly slow pace of the trial of the case.

But Malacañang made a new pitch for live TV coverage of the trial so the public may know what is delaying the case. (ELR, GMA News)