MANILA - A FORMER politician who is among 196 people charged in the Philippines' worst political massacre surrendered to authorities on Sunday, a day after another fugitive's arrest, the army said.

Sukarno Badal, a political ally of the powerful Ampatuan Muslim clan blamed for orchestrating the murders, turned over several assault rifles in the southern province of Maguindanao, the army said in a statement.

Fifty-seven people, 32 of them journalists, died in the massacre, allegedly planned and orchestrated by the Ampatuans to prevent a rival from another family contesting the governorship of Maguindanao, a province they controlled for over a decade.

'The subject is in the temporary custody of this unit,' the army's 1st Infantry Division said, referring to Badal. It said he would be turned over to the justice department in Manila.

Badal's surrender came a day after another suspect, Salipada Tumpagao, a member of the clan's private militia, was also arrested in the south.

Authorities said about 117 other people wanted for the November massacre remained at large.

Six clan members, including key suspect Andal Ampatuan Jnr and police officers loyal to them as well as some members of their private militia, are currently in custody and being tried for the murders.

Another suspect surrenders