Martial law in Maguindanao 'not necessary,' says Erap

MANILA - Former president Joseph Estrada on Saturday said that the declaration of martial law in the province of Maguindanao is "not necessary" to bring peace and order to the area.

Farmers flee amid Maguindanao martial law

SHARIFF AGUAK - Farmers carrying sacks filled with little more than their clothes fled their homes as heavily armed soldiers searched among the exodus for militiamen accused of rebellion.

Human rights chief urges 'extra vigilance'

MANILA – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Saturday urged the public to be extra vigilant after President Arroyo declared a state of martial law in the province of Maguindanao.

(UPDATE) 'War materials' seized in Ampatuan Sr's warehouse: military

MANILA - Troops on Saturday afternoon recovered more firearms and thousands of ammunition from a warehouse near the provincial jail in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao, allegedly owned by Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr.

DOJ chief: Ampatuans face rebellion raps

MANILA - Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera said on Saturday that many of those who will be arrested in Maguindanao after President Arroyo's declaration of martial law in the province will be charged with rebellion.

Proclamation 1959: Martial Law in Maguindanao

Proclamation 1959: Martial Law in Maguindanao

Ampatuan Sr. not yet arrested: lawyer

MANILA (1st UPDATE) - A lawyer of Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. will file a writ of habeas corpus in Davao City on Monday in an attempt to stop authorities from arresting the governor.

Military, police take full control of Maguindanao

MANILA - Security forces on Saturday took full control of the province of Maguindanao following President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's order placing the province under martial law.