Today I woke up to very unsettling news. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared martial law in Maguindanao to effect the apprehension of the members of the Ampatuan clan suspected of being involved in the gruesome massacre of at least 57 persons.
MANILA - Authorities have arrested scores of individuals allegedly involved in rebellion 2 days after the declaration of martial law in Maguindanao province and more than 2 weeks after the bloody election-related massacre in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao which led to the death of at least 57 individuals.
MANILA – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said the foreign forensic team investigating the Maguindanao massacre resumed operations Saturday with the aim of retrieving additional corpses or pieces of evidence.
Troops are preparing to enter the mansion of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. in Barangay Satan in Shariff Aguak, capital town of the province. The troops would be searching for high-powered firearms allegedly inside the mansion of the leader of the powerful Maguindanao clan. The province was placed last Friday under martial law after a gruesome massacre last November 23 which killed at least 57 and is being blamed on the Ampatuans Jorge Cariño, News Patrol, December 6, 2009
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Another media practitioner in General Santos City was laid to rest Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of mourners attended the burial of Manila Bulletin correspondent Bong Reblando, one of the 57 people who were killed in the Maguindanao massacre.
MANILA – Amid criticisms and fears generated by the imposition of martial law in Maguindanao, the military on Sunday assured that it will target only those who are responsible for the massacre of 57 people, including dozens of journalists, in the province last month.
MANILA – The decision of President Arroyo to place the province of Maguindanao under martial law has caused uproar and drawn strong condemnations from various sectors.