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Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared martial law in township of Maguindanao, Philippines

Some of the 1,092 officers are under investigation for their role in the Nov. 23 massacre of the supporters of gubernatorial candidate Esmael Mangudadatu and journalists, said Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/25/death-toll-rises-in-phili_n_370282.html

The military on Wednesday announced that it was limiting the movements of the Ampatuan clan to avoid unpleasant incidents when arrest warrants were served against any family member.

The ARMM governor’s brother, Andal Ampatuan Jr., the mayor of Datu Unsay town, has been charged with multiple murder in connection with the massacre and is detained at the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Manila.

The elder Ampatuan, patriarch of the family with close ties to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was charged by the NBI and Mangudadatu with multiple murder, damage to property and robbery.

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 On November 23 supporters of local vice-mayor Ismail Mangudadatu and 30 journalists were killed as they prepared to launch his candidacy for the governance of the Maguindanao Province. The clan of Ampatuan were blamed for the incident but lawyers of the suspects say their clients are innocent.

 

 

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Follow this story here from my sources…

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20091206-240390/Martial-law-administrator-has-a-mind-of-his-own

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/12/05/world/international-uk-philippines-abduction.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/12/05/philippines.massacre/

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One Response to “Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared martial law in township of Maguindanao, Philippines”

  1. […] The spotlight is already on election-related violence in the Philippines following last year’s massacre of 57 people in Mindanao, as reported here on these pages. […]


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