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Philippines: The untold story of the Ampatuans’ fall from grace

By Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:40AM UTC Comments Off Andal Ampatuan Jr. looks out from his detention cell at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila. Pic:

The people of the Philippines were raging and indignant on a Wednesday morning three years ago when Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez, then president of Lakas-CMD, called former defense secretary Gilberto Teodoro. His voice was firm but filled with utmost urgency. Dominguez asked Teodoro to call a press conference by mid-afternoon. “What for Migs,” Dominguez recalled Teodoro...

Philippines confirms 58th victim in 2009 massacre

By Tue, Sep 25, 2012 12:36PM UTC Comments Off

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has formally recognized a photojournalist as the 58th victim of a 2009 politically motivated massacre. The body of Reynaldo Momay has not been found. The Justice Department included him based on his dentures found at the scene of the killings blamed on a powerful southern clan. Quezon City Regional...

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...

Philippine governor: Massacre suspect ‘was trying to kill me for months’

By Thu, Jun 28, 2012 4:36PM UTC Comments Off Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine provincial governor says his political rival tried to kill him and his brother months before a 2009 election-related massacre of 57 people. Esmael Mangudadatu, governor of southern Maguindanao province, testified at the massacre trial Thursday that the main suspect in the 2009 killings had sent hundreds of government soldiers,...

Potential witness in Philippine massacre killed

By Wed, Jun 27, 2012 7:14PM UTC Comments Off

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A prosecutor says a man who was fatally shot in February was a potential witness in the massacre of 57 people in the Philippines in 2009. Nena Santos said Wednesday that police have established that the victim of the drive-by shooting was the same man prosecutors approached about testifying in the...

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