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Philippine massacre witnesses placed under guard

By Thu, Jul 26, 2012 11:36AM UTC Comments Off

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Several witnesses to a 2009 election-related massacre of 57 people have been placed under government protection following a spate of killings of other witnesses to the country’s worst political bloodletting in recent years, officials said Wednesday. State prosecutor Peter Medalle said six witnesses have been added to the Department of Justice’s...

Suspect willing to testify in Philippine massacre trial

By Tue, Jul 12, 2011 11:25AM UTC Comments Off Zaldy Ampatuan, center. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A scion of a powerful political clan accused in the 2009 massacre of 57 people in the Philippines said Monday he would be willing to testify against his father and brother if the government accepts his offer. Zaldy Ampatuan, a former governor of a Muslim autonomous region in the southern Philippines,...

Philippine massacre trial to be on live webcast

By Wed, Jun 22, 2011 11:42AM UTC Comments Off

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a live video webcast of the trial of members of a political clan accused in the massacre of 57 people, including 31 journalists. It is the first time the tribunal has allowed real-time coverage of court proceedings via the Internet, and the trial to...

Philippine massacre: The little victories

By Tue, Jun 14, 2011 12:52PM UTC 1 Comment Philippine massacre:  The little victories

In May, the 18th month since a convoy of journalists and relatives of a candidate for governor in a Mindanao province was stopped along a sleepy highway and the people aboard the vehicles were all murdered, a Philippine court ordered a 20-day freeze on the bank accounts of members of the Ampatuan family that had...

Philippines freezes $23m tied to massacre suspects

By Wed, Jun 08, 2011 12:01PM UTC Comments Off

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court Tuesday froze $23 million in bank accounts and assets linked to suspects in the 2009 politically motivated massacre of at least 57 people. The Court of Appeals order targets the assets of the Ampatuans, one of the Philippines’ wealthiest and most influential families whose most senior members are...

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