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amapatuan jr. gets stabbed… with a camera lens! who the hell forgot to bring the knife?

December 19, 2009 1 comment

when i saw the headline and the headline photos in today’s PDI, i thiought geez there are so many angry protesters in that hearing! i was shocked to find out that the ones who mobbed andal ampatuan jr. at yesterday’s hearing in the quezon city courts were not activists but media men!

that must have been quite a sight! ordinarily, it’s the protesters on one side, the subject and the police on the other and media men on the sides or at the back of both groups. in this one, the media people were right there in front of andal amparuan jr.!

we cannot blame media – so many of them died in the maguindanao massacre. i do not think there enough words to describe why what happened is so wrong in so many ways not only for the media people but for everyone else who were murdered on that day in maguindanao.

some of the protesters were shoving blown up pictures of the dead in the massacre on the face of ampatuan. that i think is just too mild for what was done. someone needs to cut those pictures in tiny pieces and,,,never mind.

do not get us wrong, we are not advocating violence on ampatuan jr. but we are advocating justice for all those who died. we think all 100+ killers and the mastermind/s should be arrested and punished.

there is another an even more interesting part of this story.

From PDI: “Diaz said a cameraman hit the mayor in the forehead with a camera. The concussion—it was a big bump—bled. It was definitely deliberate,” Diaz said. “We really tried to secure the mayor but we found it hard when some members of the media acted this way,” he said.”

we like to file this protest against what Mr. Diaz said about this incident where he mistakenly refers to the picture above as “deliberate”. upon extensive forensick analysis of the picture, we do not think it is deliberate but rather any one or several of the following occurred:

  • the camera man was just taking a super macro shot of ampatuan’s right eye for the record. he was given this assignment by his editor in the name of good journalism.
  • then someone pushed the camera man and since the camera was heavy, it accidentally dropped on ampatuan’s face
  • no camera man in his right mind will do that to his camera and risk damage to his primarily tool in his job, even this one – an old lens that has not been working and cracked for years now
  • question – are there no camera lens that are as sharp as knives? or a lens that is as sharp as nail? memo to camera man: next time, please use the proper lens for shots like these.
  • finally, who the hell forgot to bring a knife????? aren’t knives standard issue to camera men too?  

question need to be answered: how did the ampatuans amass so much arms and ammunition?

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment

i think the question, “how did the ampatuans mass so much arms and ammunition?” deserves a separate and parallel investigation. this i think ranks very close in importance to the most important question on who were the killers of the 57 dead.

it’s shocking to read in the newspapers that military officers and men are shocked to see the kind and the number of arms and ammunition the ampatuans have. one of the officers even said the ampatuans have certain high powered arms that are very rarely used and very few elite members of the armed forces are able to use.

everyone are so amazed by the quality and quantity of the arms and ammo but we do not read enough news on exactly what the government are doing to find out how the ampatuans were able to get them. many of them are still in their shipping cartons with markings of the “Department Of National Defense” and the “AFP”. they obviously came from the AFP/DND itself.

the soldiers and police of the philippines themselves should push for a thorough investigation of this matter so that it can be plugged and stopped in the duture. they should be concerned it is these arms from the warlords who are killing the AFP soldiers and police in the fields. any military person know that one of the more effective ways to fight terrorists and rebels in mindanao is to deny them arms and ammo. without them, they obviously cannot wage war on the afp and the police.

but we have not heard anything from the government.

maguindanao – the wealthy ampatuans rule over squalor and poverty

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

we are printing in full here this article, it  says maguindanao is the 2nd poorest province in the country and yet the ampatuans, their family members controlling practically all of maguindabao live in wealth and comfort.

Wealthy Ampatuans rule over squalor
By Cecil Morella
Agence France-Presse
First Posted 14:51:00 12/06/2009

SHARIFF AGUAK— Ulambay Sinsuat was grilling fish when armed troops poured into a pair of palatial homes near her hovel and detained two of the most powerful men in the southern Philippines.

As dawn turned to day, Sinsuat watched hundreds of residents flee when they realized Maguindanao province had been placed under martial rule following an election-linked massacre of 57 people blamed on the region’s ruling clan.

The troops’ targets were the clan’s chief and provincial governor Andal Ampatuan Sr, as well as one of his sons Zaldy Ampatuan, the head of a larger Muslim autonomous area in the southern Philippines.

But Sinsuat, a 44-year-old fishmonger, did not have the luxury of fleeing the provincial capital of Shariff Aguak on Saturday, illustrating a miserable rich-poor divide that critics say the Ampatuans perpetuated in Maguindanao.

“We can’t leave because we don’t have money,” Sinsuat told AFP as flies swarmed around her grilled carp and mudfish that lay unsold in the town’s near-deserted public market.

“We live just behind Governor Zaldy’s mansion. The smoke from grilling the fish would sometimes waft into his backyard. But our house is tiny, it’s just a hut.”

The Ampatuans’ mansions, with their huge courtyards containing fleets of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, are rare monuments to wealth in Maguindanao, officially ranked the country’s second poorest province.

The province is situated on one of the most fertile river valleys in the country, but it has no signs of industry or economic activity except for tiny farm plots and small public markets.

The roads that branch off from the main national highway, where sheep and geese cross, are rutted or unpaved, even though the local government receives and is meant to disburse tens of millions of dollars in tax revenues.

The Philippines’ economic planning ministry says 63 percent of Maguindanao’s population of 711,000 are poor, with 342,000 residents earning less than one dollar a day.

The area has been ruled virtually unchallenged by the Ampatuan patriarch for nine years, and he installed many of his relatives into top provincial posts during a reign critics say was characterized by violence and fear.

Sixteen out of the 22 towns have mayors belonging to the Ampatuan clan, with lesser posts also occupied by relatives and allies.

The national government, the clan’s close allies until the November 23 massacre, now accuse it of using state funds to arm hundreds of militia members, some of whom allegedly took part in the killings.

One clan member, Andal Ampatuan Jr, has been charged with 25 counts of murder and police have filed indictment papers saying the clan leaders detained in their mansions on Saturday should also be charged.

The nation’s human rights commissioner, Leila de Lima, said the Ampatuans’ reputation as warlords was widely known well before the massacre, which was allegedly carried out to stop a rival from running for governor next year.

Raids in Maguindanao following the declaration of martial law on Friday night have uncovered a stunning array of weapons and ammunition that the government insists the Ampatuans illegally amassed.

Documents that could show the Ampatuans rigged elections may also have been uncovered.

“We dug up bandoleers (shoulder belts for bullets) and documents over there yesterday,” said Private First Class Domingo Igat, pointing to a huge Ampatuan-owned warehouse across the road from the Shariff Aguak municipal hall.

“They included voters’ registration forms, voters’ identification cards. They tried to burn them before they buried them, but not all the documents were burnt.”

The Ampatuans had been close allies of President Gloria Arroyo and members of her ruling coalition for many years.

Their support helped Arroyo win the 2004 presidential election against popular movie star Fernando Poe, amid widespread allegations of poll cheating in Maguindanao.

The Ampatuans were expelled from the coalition only in the wake of the massacre and revelations of the clan’s activities in the media.

Memo To: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – fire Lorelei Fajardo, the Maguindanao Massacre aftermath

December 1, 2009 7 comments

dear ms. arroyo,

you may have not noticed it yet, but this must be one of the most shocking faux pax in philippine PR history – lorelei fajardo, your own deputy spokesperson just put as “friends” with the ampatuan family, today’s most hated family, evil personfied. the ampatuans are the primary suspects in one of the country’s most gruesome mass murder.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is maintaining her ties with the powerful Ampatuans despite their expulsion from the ruling party and the filing of multiple murder charges against one of them in connection with the Nov. 23 massacre of at least 57 people in Maguindanao province.

I don’t think the President’s friendship with the Ampatuans will be severed,” Lorelei Fajardo, her deputy spokesperson, told reporters Thursday in Filipino. “Just because they’re in this situation doesn’t mean we will turn our backs on them.”

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20091127-238660/Palace-says-Arroyo-wont-cut-ties-with-Ampatuans

spokespersons aside from being your voice to media are supposed to be good at turning negatives into at least neutral if not positive (“spin”) and /or putting you in a good light.

that statement of fajardo does not do any of it. in fact what it did was the exact opposite – it has associated you with the country’s biggest negative  in history and it put you in a very bad light.

mrs. president, fajardo just said you are friends with evil!

it is really very hard to understand why fajardo will ever think what she said was anything good in any way.

her intent was to uphold the value of “loyalty to friends”? to paint a picture of you as someone who sticks to her friends, no matter what.

while she was upholding loyalty to friendship, what about the value of human life, 57 of them allegedly taken by the ampatuans? what about torture, rape and the wholesale killings of the innocent? fajardo does not find these to be more important than “loyalty to friends”?

you are the president of the country, certainly the set of values or your priorities in life should always be biased towards our laws, the constitution and what is best for the greater good.

what fajordo said is the exact opposite of what you are supposed to be. in its most bare essence, her job is supposed to be good things if not great things; good vibes if not admiration and what sounds right if not what is right. fajardo did not do any of that in her statement.

now we are wondering what is lorelei fajardo’s job when she said that? is her job (a) to spin what is bad into at least neutral if not good or (b) is she being true to her role as your spokesperson.

what we have written here so far is on the first one, letter (a).  so we now ask – did fajardo say the real you?

we would strongly recommend that you fire lorelei fajardo from her job before she causes you more damage. the saying – “with friends like fajardo, who needs enemies?”

sincerely yours, 

~wawam~

read latest, click  here: lorelei fajardo, presidential spokesman quits

maguindanao massacre – the evil done to the victims, how the victims were tortured and killed

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

“Even the private parts of the women were shot at. It was horrible. It was not done to just one. It was done practically to all the women,” Devanadera said on GMA Network.

“The zippers of their pants were all undone. We have yet to determine whether they were raped. But it is certain that something bad was done to them.”

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20091127-238713/Massacre-women-victims-shot-in-genitalsDoJ-chief

The group was massacred in a mountainous area, said “Boy,” adding that all the slain women were raped, and the journalists who were part of the convoy, also killed so that no one would talk about the incident.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20091126-238535/Massacre-witness-surfaces-tags-Ampatuan

“Boy” said the whole process lasted little more than an hour before they abruptly abandoned the scene following a warning that members of the military were nearby, the report added.

“We didn’t get to finish, which is why the excavator was left there,” he said. “Someone called and said soldiers were on their way. I feel they have connections among the soldiers.”

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20091126-238535/Massacre-witness-surfaces-tags-Ampatuan

maguindanao massacre – the bullshit shoved in our mouths or do they really think we are all idiots? read here BS #2 – both ampatuans and mangudadatus are allies

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

no, we are not referring to the gruesome and evil pictures of the victims of the maguindanao massacre. those pictures are a reality that we must all see to keep reminding us that we need to be strong and we need to stay with it until we get justice for the victims. it is only right that we all puke out of seeing those pictures or she tears or offer a prayer for the victims. every puke we do, every tear and every prayer we say will get us closer to pushing the philippine government to finish the job they are mandated to do and the cry of all citizens – make the arrests, get them to court and punish them!

the bullshit that we see being shoved into our mouths are the things we read in the newspapers as to what the government is saying and doing. well, they are not doing much to solve the crime but they are actually doing and saying a lot in shoving BS into our mouths.

we will expose it here and i think after you read them, you will ask the question – do they really think we are all idiots?

read and tell us what you think.

bullshit  #2: “the ampatuans and the mangudadatus are both allies of the president“.  that is malacanang’s standard answer to the question – is malacanang treating the suspects, the alampuans who are known allies and supporters of arroyo with favor?

that answer is an answer devised by a PR practitioner or a crisis management expert. malacanang is on crisis management mode. the role of the crisis management expert or consultant is to devise strategies part of which is crafting answers to questions.

that answer to that question was said by two malacanang officials – cerge remonde on CNN and ermita in a separate interview. it is obvious that the crisis management consultant has coined the answer.

the intent of the answer is to deflect the question, make it appear like they are answering the question but in truth they are not but it has the effect of the issue being put down to rest by the interviewer. it succeeded on that point of view as the interviewers no longer pursued the point after the answer was given.

that is BS #2 they shoved in our mouths. let us know and post your comments – do they really think we are all idiots?  

 

maguindanao massacre – how the victims were killed

November 26, 2009 10 comments

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.”

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20091125-238296/Arroyo-vows-justice-as-massacre-toll-hits-57

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.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20091125-238296/Arroyo-vows-justice-as-massacre-toll-hits-57

“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.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20091125-238371/Kin-grieve-over-massacre-victims

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.”

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20091125-238354/Passing-motorists-among-massacre-victims

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.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20091126-238426/Maguindanao-massacre-death-toll-climbs-to-57

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.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20091126-238426/Maguindanao-massacre-death-toll-climbs-to-57

“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.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20091126-238535/Massacre-witness-surfaces-tags-Ampatuan

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maguindanao massacre – the bullshit shoved in our mouths or do they really think we are all idiots? read here BS #1 – malacanang official talks to suspect

November 26, 2009 5 comments

no, we are not referring to the gruesome and evil pictures of the victims of the maguindanao massacre. those pictures are a reality that we must all see to keep reminding us that we need to be strong and we need to stay with it until we get justice for the victims. it is only right that we all puke out of seeing those pictures or she tears or offer a prayer for the victims. every puke we do, every tear and every prayer we say will get us closer to pushing the philippine government to finish the job they are mandated to do and the cry of all citizens – make the arrests, get them to court and punish them!

the bullshit that we see being shoved into our mouths are the things we read in the newspapers as to what the government is saying and doing. well, they are not doing much to solve the crime but they are actually doing and saying a lot in shoving BS into our mouths.

we will expose it here and i think after you read them, you will ask the question – do they really think we are all idiots?

read and tell us what you think.

Bullshit # 1. Jesus Dureza,  presidential adviser on Mindanao met with the  ampatuan family on tuesday afternoon, November 24 the day the news on the massacre broke out in media and just one day after the massacre. PDI reports: “The meeting, held at the Ampatuan residence in Shariff Aguak, was attended by ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr., and Datu Unsay town mayor Andal Jr.”

what the hell was that for?

why would a malacanang official talk to the alleged suspect? and talk to them very quickly, within 24 hours of the massacre?!! 

what were the objectives of the meeting? what was he supposed to do there? what did they talk about and on whose order?

jesus dureza

Andal Jr. was accused of leading the armed men who abducted and killed at least 52 people in Ampatuan town on Monday. The victims were on their way to Shariff Aguak town to file the certificate of candidacy of Buluan town vice mayor Esmael Mangudadatu, who has expressed intention run for governor, a post long held by the Ampatuans, in the 2010 elections.

But Dureza said there was no talk about if indeed Andal Jr. did what he has been accused of.

“I did not ask him that. I went there to tell them about the creation of the Crisis Management Committee, and about the investigation,” Dureza said.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20091125-238317/Dureza-meeting-with-Ampatuans-questioned

when a crime is committed and you have suspect/s identified, you immediately send the police to interrogate the suspects EVEN if you do not yet have evidence. the fact is the family of the victim, esmael mangudadatu has already identified the ampatuan family as suspects in the massacre, sending dureza who seemed to have performed the function of a diplomat does not make sense. you do not send a diplomat, you send the police!

they sent dureza to talk to the ampatuans  fairly quickly, within 24 hours of the incident. that can mean dureza could have told the ampatuans what the game plan and strategies are that the ampatuans and/or the government will take on the issue and accusations. something like they felt it was necessary to get their acts together as early as 24 hours after the massacre to help ensure no errors are made or both parties, the government and the ampatuans act the same and say the same things. it could have been a strategy and action planning.

that is BS #1 they shoved in our mouths. let us know and post your comments – do they really think we are all idiots?  

read PDI article here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20091125-238317/Dureza-meeting-with-Ampatuans-questioned

more maguindanao massacre photos – justice for the victims!

November 26, 2009 87 comments

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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.”

read more here: how the maguindanao massacre victims were killed – gruesome and evil

sources: BBC, PDI anf other news media outlets.

maguindanao massacre photos – we grieve, we are ashamed, we will not let this pass

November 25, 2009 128 comments

we are publishing photos of the maguindanao massacre here to remind ourselves of what evil in men can do to others and why we should all make a stand and demand that our government find justice for the victims swiftly and comprehensively.

we should not let this pass.

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

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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.”

read more here: how the maguindanao massacre victims were killed – gruesome and evil

photo sources from the newswires from the internet – AP, xinxua and other media organizations.

the Maguindanao Massacre – “GMA dared: Get Ampatuans”. why do we even have to dare arroyo? isn’t that her job?

November 25, 2009 5 comments

from what i remember, the job of president of this country has with it the responsibility, in fact the sworn duty to uphold the constitution and to apply the laws of the land. some of these she does not do herself, but she has the power and the duty to get it done through others in her government.

if that is so, why do we even have to dare president arroyo to do her job? why do we need to ask the president of this country to do her job? doesn’t she know her job?

the answer to those questions, we need to look at how we see gloria macapagal arroyo as our president.

before that, just want to point out this dare for arroyo to do her job is coming both from the opposition and her allies like speaker of the house nograles and even presidentiable gilbert teodoro.

everyone it seems is daring  arroyo to do the right thing, to do what is not only  moral but also what is lawful and a fulfillment of her duty of a president – to uphold and apply the law equally to all, to both her opponents in politics and her allies in politics.

the answers to those questions come from how we view arroyo as our president – she is a president who by experience and history we know as someone we cannot trust, as someone who will not do what is moral, what is right and who we cannot depend on doing what is lawful. arroyo to us is a president who has a habit of serving her self interest and will do anything, right or wrong just to serve her own personal political interest.

those are the reasons why citizens like us and politicians and government officials, both her allies and her opponents feel a strong need to dare arroyo to do her job and to do what is right.

we are not only asking arroyo, we are even daring her. it is that desperate and it is that much loss in trust and faith in arroyo’s presidency.

in other times and in other countries, citizens find comfort that their government and leaders will do the right thing most specially in cases like maguindanao massacre. in out case with arroyo, we need to dare her to do the right thing.

it is a very sad day for all of us filipinos not only because of the horror and barbarism of the maguindanao massacre but also because of how we view our own president.

 

 

 

 

Maguindanao Massacre – will gloria macapagal arroyo go after her ally Governor Andal Ampatuan?

November 24, 2009 5 comments

the maguindanao massacre is one news item that is really very hard to read or most specially view on tv. it is gruesome. it makes you angry and makes you ask the question – how can human beings do this kind of crime?

the victims are from  the  family members of the Esmael Mangudadatu family, press and supporters. their polticial rivals,from the  Andal Ampatuan family who is governor of maguindanao is a close political ally of gloria macapagal arroyo. governor ampatuan is credited for giving arroyo a resounding win in maguindanao in the 2004 election including voting results that had the opponents of arroyo’s senatorial slate getting zero votes. (oh come on, let’s not even discuss that getting a zero is a statistical impossibility in elections.)

many questions arise:

  • will arroyo let the police investigate governor ampatuan?
  • if linked, will arroyo let the police arrest and prosecute ampatuan?
  • how fast will the investigation go? or how slow?
  • will it be thorough and truthful?

we think every filipino should condemn these killings and every filipino should demand justice for those killed in this massacre.

Senators dare Arroyo: Go after Ampatuans

MANILA – Outraged senators on Tuesday challenged President Arroyo to go after her political allies, the Ampatuans, who have been tagged in the massacre of at least 22 people, including women, in Maguindanao on Monday.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said authorities should take in for questioning Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. amid indications that the Ampatuans may have been involved in the killing of members of the rival Mangudadatu clan and a number of journalists.

“From the reports reaching me, it looks like some members of the militia under the control of the Ampatuans were involved in the killings,” said Pimentel. “We cannot allow this dastardy act to go unpunished.”

Pimentel said he received reports Gov. Ampatuan was in Manila and suggested he be taken in for questioning.

“I am suggesting that Governor Andal be detained as a material witness considering there are indications that the men involved (in the massacre) were militiamen of Andal,” Pimentel pointed out.

However, it appeared later that it was Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanano (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, Andal’s older son, who was at a meeting in Malacañang.

Still, Pimentel was doubtful if the President would go after he own political allies who delivered votes to the administration in the 2004 and 2007 elections.

“We know that Governor Andal is very close to the President. He makes it a habit to kiss the President’s hands and kilig na kilig naman si Presidente,” Pimentel said. “But it’s about time the rule of law is upheld. We must show that even in the Moro area, crime does not pay.”
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/11/24/09/senators-dare-arroyo-go-after-ampatuans

Maguindanao massacre death toll rises to 46—police 
By Marlon Ramos
Agence France-Presse, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 08:16:00 11/24/2009

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines—(UPDATE 6) Bullet-ridden bodies were pulled out from shallow graves on Tuesday as troops hunted down the gunmen who massacred, according to the Philippine National Police, at least 46 people in one of the Philippines’ most brutal explosions of political violence.

Police on Mindanao island pulled bullet-ridden bodies from shallow graves in this remote farming area after gunmen allegedly employed by a local political chief abducted then shot dead a group of rival politicians and journalists.

“Some bodies were strewn on the ground. Most were recovered from under lumps of earth which were stained with blood,” said Chief Superintendent Josefino Cataluna, the regional police commander.

“They were piled on top of each other. It looked as if they were buried hurriedly,” said Cataluna.

Twenty-two bodies had previously been found beside a dirt road nearby following Monday’s killings by gunmen allegedly linked to the area’s political kingpin.

The group abducted associates of a rival politician and at least 20 journalists from General Santos City and nearby provinces who were covering them.

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