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maguindanao massacre – how the victims were killed

we thought for a long time whether we should start this post. we ended up deciding, yes we need to do a post like this. we think its important for all of us to understand what happened during the magindanao massacre so that it will strengthen our desire to not let this pass.

we are hoping that if we understand what happened, we will understand better why we must persist and demand justice for the victims from the philippine government.

Esmael Mangudadatu Jr :

My wife’s private parts were slashed four times, after which they fired a bullet into it,” he added.”They speared both of her eyes, shot both her breasts, cut off her feet, fired into her mouth. I could not begin to describe the manner by which they treated her.”


They were shot at close range, some with their hands tied behind their backs, and dumped or buried in shallow graves on a remote farming road close to a town bearing the Ampatuan name.


“It’s difficult to take what had happened to my brother. Only animals can do such a cruel act. Justice is all we need,” Allan said.

Bal’s body was riddled with bullets in the head, stomach and leg.


Five of the convoy’s blood-spattered and bullet-riddled vehicles were found on Monday alongside an unpaved farm road near many of the bodies, said Chief Superintendent Felicisimo Khu, the top police forensics official on the scene.

The final car was also found close by on Wednesday in a hastily dug grave alongside 11 freshly discovered bodies, Khu said.

But police also unearthed a sedan and a second van, neither of which was part of the convoy and which were owned by residents of the area who had no affiliation to the politicians or journalists, according to Khu.

“The car and the second van were not part of the convoy,” Khu said. “They just happened to drive past.”


A few kilometers off the main highway, on a remote hilltop covered with waist-high grass, bodies lay with twisted hands reaching in the air. They had been shot point-blank.

Nearby, cadavers were being laid out under banana leaves on Tuesday as police—their faces covered against the stench—unearthed a mass grave containing 22 victims from Monday’s ambush on an election caravan.


Police, aided by a backhoe, worked most of Tuesday to extricate the bodies from the mass grave. All had been shot multiple times and were dumped on top of one another. One was a pregnant woman.


“Anyone from the Mangudadatu clan – women or children – should be killed… We don’t ask why, we just followed orders,” the witness who identified himself as “Boy” told Al-Jazeera correspondent Marga Ortigas in an interview posted on the network’s website Thursday.

“Boy” said that the orders came directly from Andal Ampatuan Jr., Datu Unsay mayor, and whose family was also an ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.


december 5, 2009 – view new pictures posted in this blog.

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  1. November 25, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    It is sad to hear that there are people who will do anything to remain in power. This incident shows how uncivilized some people back there in Mindanao.

    The government should not tolerate this things to happen. They should immediately act on it.

  2. cynthia fernandez
    November 26, 2009 at 4:11 am

    This is totally unaaceptable! Arroyo should arrest Ampatuan since he’s the only legit person who can do that. Arroyo, for the last time, be the president of the Philippines. 57 Filipinos died without any valid reason. Why are you allowing this to happen?

  3. anya
    November 26, 2009 at 11:25 am

    It is painful (the word is not enough to describe what and how i feel about this.) T_T. I want to cry and crying is not even helpful in this sitution. (sigh).
    Man and power. Man with power. Man wants more power. He kills. Damn.

  4. Kashiecka
    November 26, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    This is the most terrible massacre in the history of our country. I can’t imagine, why our fellowmen can do those things just in the name of politics.. They done this crime for someone they served, but they never think for their selves. How about their conscience (If they have? They never think of their self). Hopefully and how I wished those killers can’t sleep until they have their breath…..
    Now Madam PRESIDENT why don’t you show your power being a President of this nation to command and arrest all suspects and had a very very fair investigation. Not only in the name of justice but for the dignity of our country, to show in the whole world that here in the Philippines justice is very well served.

  5. jhe
    December 2, 2009 at 1:54 am

    am… as for me, only demons could do this,,,, of no souls,,, their killing innocent one,, wow…. gays are you ha? am.. they are all making the Philippines as a dirty country in terms of politics….. sayang dala pa naman ninyo pangalan ng pamilya nyo dinudungisan nyo lang…

  6. manolo
    December 2, 2009 at 10:56 am

    57 people in cold blood!

  7. janet
    December 5, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    They should be punished to the severests penalty of the law, so that those who will do that untolerable kind of behaviour will never be repeated again. We condemned the massacre at Maguindanao. We believe that justice will be served to all victims.

  8. michlhynne
    September 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm


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