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Pics of Mindanao Massacre, 57 Dead & Counting...., Muslim Rebels Decapitate & Kill
Najjiah
post Nov 24 2009, 03:47 PM
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(Update 3 - Wednesday 2:43 a.m.) The number of bodies recovered from the grisly Maguindanao massacre has now reached 46, an Army officer said Tuesday evening.

Lt. Col. Rolando Nerona, commander of the Philippine Army’s 46th Infantry Battalion, said 24 more bodies have been unearthed from the presumed massacre site at Salman Village in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao province before sundown Tuesday.

“Our last accounting showed there are 46 (dead) already," said Nerona. “Twenty-two were found above ground while 24 were dug up today."


A policeman uses banana leaves to cover some of the massacre victims recovered from a hillside grave in Ampatuan, Maguindanao Tuesday.


Authorities had earlier recovered on Monday the bodies of 22 victims killed in the politically-motivated massacre. They were among a group of some 50 men and women, including lawyers and journalists, who were abducted by an estimated one hundred armed men reportedly belonging to the camp of Governor Andal Ampatuan of Maguindanao province.

They were about to file a certificate of candidacy in behalf of Esmael “Toto" Mangudadatu, vice mayor of Buluan town, who planned to run against Ampatuan’s son Andal Jr. for the gubernatorial post.

Chief Superintendent Josefino Cataluna, police regional director for Soccsksargen, said the police have already identified 20 of the fatalities.

Among them are Toto’s wife, Genalyn Tiamzon-Mangudadatu, and Toto's sister Eden Mangudadatu, the incumbent Vice Mayor of Mangudadatu town in Maguindanao.

Cataluna also said that survivors in the fateful incident have yet to surface as of posting time.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo placed the provinces of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat as well as Cotabato City under a state of emergency to prevent violence from further erupting following the incident.

The digging and recovery operations have been halted Tuesday evening due to difficulties of working in darkness, Nerona said. They were expected to resume Wednesday morning.

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Buluan Vice Mayor Datu Ismail Mangudadatu and wife Genalyn are seen in this file photo. Genalyn was killed in the Nov. 23 'Maguindanao Massacre.'

GMA News' Sandra Aguinaldo reported that based on the initial investigation, authorities believed that the attack against the group was "premeditated."

"May mga threat na nakikita. Na ililibing sila tapos patayin sila pag nagpatuloy sila (There were threats being shown, that they will be killed and buried if they persisted in going)," said Chief Superintendent Felizardo Serapio, Director for Integrated Police Operations in Western Mindanao.

At the crime scene, at least two common graves were seen by the investigators. One was believed to be for the Mangudadatus and their supporters, and the other for the slain journalists. The backhoes that were used to dig the graves were also found close nearby.

The police, however, belied claims that the victims were beheaded and the women raped, as earlier claimed by the Mangudadatu clan.

Rival political clans 'willing to cooperate'

Meanwhile, Presidential Adviser on Mindanao Affairs Jesus Dureza said the rival political clans assured him that they will cooperate with government investigations.

In an interview with GMA News "24 Oras," Dureza said the Ampatuans, including Andal Sr., ARMM Governor Zaldy and Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Jr., have expressed willingness to “submit themselves to whatever investigations" after they were implicated in the killings.


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The Mangundadatus, for their part, assured that their family would not avenge the death of their relatives and would instead allow the government to resolve the conflict, he said.

Dureza, who heads the crisis management committee, also clarified that his meetings with the Ampatuans were not to determine which party was guilty but to prevent any untoward incident from further erupting “because of the high emotions now prevailing."

“I also said that the government will apply the full force of law whoever is at the receiving end," said Dureza.

Press secretary Cerge Remonde said Tuesday that both families are known as allies of Mrs. Arroyo's administration.

'It’s a pattern'

But the gruesome killing is not an isolated incident. Political analyst Jukipli M. Wadi, a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of the Philippines, observes a pattern of political violence in warlord-controlled areas of the country.

The killings continue because, according to Wadi, warlords such as the Ampatuans think that they can always be exempted from punishment, because the Philippine state had failed to resolve similar incidents in the past. This is what many have termed “a culture of impunity."

“(There is) abuse of power, of authority, (and) impunity. (They feel they are) untouchable, probably with their connections with the higher-ups and with many other political forces in the area," Wadi said in a radio interview on Tuesday.

“(There were a) series of political violence that had happened in the past but were never resolved…by legitimate or political authority…Hindi dinadala sa korte, hindi naaayos ng ating judiciary (These were never brought to the courts, these could not be resolved by our judiciary)," added Wadi.

The Islamic Studies professor’s analysis echoed the observation of Alfred McCoy, history professor specializing in Philippine and Southeast Asian issues.

“The Philippine state has remained weak and incapable of controlling the powerful families that plunder its assets, rule its provinces, and contend for control of national politics," said McCoy in the 1993 book that he edited, An Anarchy of Families: State and Family in the Philippines.

Arroyo blamed


Some of the massacre victims lay where they had been shot on a remote road in Ampatuan, Maguindanao Monday.

A lawyer’s group has pointed its fingers at Mrs. Arroyo as sharing responsibility for the massacre because her administration’s policies have worsened warlordism in Mindanao.

In a statement, the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) said that “Malacañang’s tolerance of warlords greatly contributes to the persistence of the culture of impunity in our society."

“All government resources must be brought to bear on the Ampatuans. Otherwise, Malacañang itself would tolerate lawlessness and violence. The private army of the Ampatuans must be instantly disarmed and placed under immediate custody and investigation, and all their firearm licenses immediately revoked," the NUPL added.

Two women lawyers who were NUPL members, Concepcion Brizuela and Cynthia Oquendo, were among the massacre victims. – JV, GMANews.TV

source - http://www.gmanews.tv/story/177728/maguind...ises-to-46-afp#


Police investigators carry a dead body, victim of massacre, recovered from a shallow grave, after gunmen shot at least 22 people in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province on November 24, 2009. The death toll from an attack on a group of journalists and politicians in the southern Philippines rose to 46 on November 24 after 13 more bodies were found.





The bodies of victims are recovered following the massacre of at least 46 kidnap victims on Monday in Ampatuan town, on November 24, 2009 in Maguindanao Province, Philippines. Around 100 gunmen are reported to have hijacked the party, including the wife, sister and other relatives of Buluan's Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu, en route to filing election papers for candidate Mangudadatu ahead of next May's elections. Mangudadatu's wife, sister and family members, Armed Forces of the Philippines, civilians and at least 12 media personnel are thought to be amongst those killed in the attack, believed to be politically motivated. The Ampatuan clan, political rivals, are being blamed for the kidnap, mutilation, rape and murder of the victims.


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post Nov 24 2009, 03:48 PM
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dammmmmmn those niggas werent playing
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post Nov 24 2009, 03:53 PM
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QUOTE (AzNboii @ Nov 24 2009, 11:48 AM) *
dammmmmmn those niggas werent playing

its horrible. i really think those motherfu-kers should be weeded out & shot. southern philippines is just so lawless & crazy.
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post Nov 24 2009, 04:08 PM
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arroyo's killing squad strikes again...so f-cking lawless down there...the govt doesn't care for Southern philippines...their too busy thinking off ways of stealing from the filipino people

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post Nov 24 2009, 04:42 PM
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QUOTE (salamat @ Nov 24 2009, 12:08 PM) *
arroyo's killing squad strikes again...so f-cking lawless down there...the govt doesn't care for Southern philippines...their too busy thinking off ways of stealing from the filipino people

exactly. no wonder we distract ourselves with the celeb gossips. its like a form of denial.
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post Nov 24 2009, 09:44 PM
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wow! FLip slaughter FLip thumbsdown.gif
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post Nov 24 2009, 10:20 PM
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QUOTE (yuelight @ Nov 24 2009, 09:44 PM) *
wow! FLip slaughter FLip thumbsdown.gif



Can't you see those dead people. Have respect you sick mind.
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post Nov 25 2009, 12:00 AM
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WTF! fu-king Philippine government has to sort their $hit out! every last one of them is incompetent. fu-king morons ...


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post Nov 25 2009, 01:45 AM
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2010 election

same thing happens in provinces in samar and leyte.. but i've never heard nor seen of such huge killing
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QUOTE (felltohell @ Nov 24 2009, 09:45 PM) *
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same thing happens in provinces in samar and leyte.. but i've never heard nor seen of such huge killing

18 journalists. omg. its terrible. they were innocent. is the cost of life so cheap in pinas? ano ba ito? grabe.

why does arroyo allow warlords to govern mindanao? its total bull$hit.
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post Nov 25 2009, 11:06 AM
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Arroyo has nothing to do with it. Ampatuans have been there for years before Arroyo stepped into office. Those f***s have even been starting to branch out to my place in Davao City buying up every land being sold putting up business.
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post Nov 25 2009, 11:36 AM
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hold your horses people... stop using the term "southern philippines".....
dont generalize the whole area... southern mindanao, northern mindanao,
SOCSKSARGEN region, CARAGA region are part of southern philippines...
and hell NO!!! its not LAWLESS and CRAZY in these regions.. i would rather
wake alone in any street of davao city deep at night than in any part
of the "great" and "peaceful" national capital region....
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QUOTE (The Red Baron @ Nov 26 2009, 12:36 AM) *
hold your horses people... stop using the term "southern philippines".....
dont generalize the whole area... southern mindanao, northern mindanao,
SOCSKSARGEN region, CARAGA region are part of southern philippines...
and hell NO!!! its not LAWLESS and CRAZY in these regions.. i would rather
wake alone in any street of davao city deep at night than in any part
of the "great" and "peaceful" national capital region....



I would rather be walking in the streets at the middle of the night with a gold necklace in Davao City than anywhere else in the Philippines for that matter.
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QUOTE (darren_simion @ Nov 25 2009, 12:40 PM) *
I would rather be walking in the streets at the middle of the night with a gold necklace in Davao City than anywhere else in the Philippines for that matter.



just hated typical naive northerner stereotype of mindanao as a whole....
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QUOTE (The Red Baron @ Nov 25 2009, 07:36 AM) *
hold your horses people... stop using the term "southern philippines".....
dont generalize the whole area... southern mindanao, northern mindanao,
SOCSKSARGEN region, CARAGA region are part of southern philippines...
and hell NO!!! its not LAWLESS and CRAZY in these regions.. i would rather
wake alone in any street of davao city deep at night than in any part
of the "great" and "peaceful" national capital region....

it doesnt matter what its called. its warlord mentality & its disgusting. again... is the cost of life so cheap that they needed to kill 22 innocent journalists? most of those who got murdered were christians, btw.

and muslims killing each other is haram i thought. they didnt even spare the women. most got raped and then killed. that is PEACEFUL to you???

btw... the Death Toll rose to 57 dead bodies now.
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Philippines Death Toll Rises to 57, Attack Most Deadly Ever on Media

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Troops have found 11 more bodies at the site of a gruesome election-related massacre in the Philippines - taking the death toll to 57, Sky News reported.

Not all the victims have been identified, but 22 of them were believed to be journalists, making Monday's attack the deadliest ever on the media anywhere in the world, Sky News reported.

Thirty-three of the victims were men and 24 were women, police said.

The government has imposed emergency rule on the province of Maguindanao, where the killings took place, and in adjoining Sultan Kudarat province and Cotabato City.

Truckloads of troops were deployed and armored cars have been patrolling along main roads.

The army disbanded a 200-member paramilitary force under the control of local officials in Maguindanao.

Investigators said they will look into allegations that some members of the force participated in the killings.


source - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,576842,00.html

and who cares what you think of northerners. seriously, if u hate the philippines so much then GTFO. move to malaysia or something.

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Well that is fu-ked up. I hope the murderers get their own medicine if not worst in return.
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QUOTE (afewminutesofyourlife @ Nov 25 2009, 10:05 AM) *
Well that is fu-ked up. I hope the murderers get their own medicine if not worst in return.

it is indeed horrible. and the sad thing is the group that did this is a long standing powerful warlord family. mindanao is truly a wasteland of extremism & lawlessness. imagine killing 57 innocent people just so nobody can run against you in politics. its beyond insane. its complete & utter chaos.



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Thee are warlords all over Philippines, not only in Maguindanao. But killings of this magnitude happen only in Muslim parts of Mindanao. This is not something new.

The bigger part of Mindanao, which is Christian, is safest of all, beating Luzon and Visayas.





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QUOTE (silangan @ Nov 26 2009, 10:42 AM) *
The bigger part of Mindanao, which is Christian, is safest of all, beating Luzon and Visayas.

some how i doubt that. i couldnt even go to my home time last year because rebels raided the police station for weapons.
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sad...

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