Philippines election massacre

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Philippine Cops Battle Muslim Gunmen

Clan linked to massacre launches commando attack

(Newser) - Gunman loyal to a Philippine Muslim clan clashed with cops in the first outbreak of violence since a southern province was placed under martial law. No one was injured when gunmen opened fire on police commandos patrolling Datu Unsay township, reports AP . But officials are demanding some 2,400 gunmen... More »

Philippines Imposes Martial Law in Province

Some call President Arroyo's move overkill

(Newser) - Philippine President Gloria Arroyo imposed martial law today on a southern province, while security forces detained the patriarch of a powerful clan and three of his sons. They are accused of massacring 57 people and fomenting rebellion. Critics accused Arroyo of overkill—it's the first time martial law has been... More »

Politician Busted for Philippine Massacre

Powerful family blamed for murder of 57

(Newser) - A politician suspected of organizing the slaughter of 57 rival supporters and journalists this week has surrendered to authorities in the southern Philippines. Andal Ampatuan Jr., who was planning to run for a provincial governorship, was at the scene when gunmen stopped a convoy heading to register a rival candidate,... More »

As Massacre Toll Hits 46, Philippines Declares Emergency

Eleven more bodies found in mass grave

(Newser) - A state of emergency has been declared in the southern Philippines after local police found 22 bodies buried in mass graves, bringing the toll in the slaughter of political supporters and journalists to 46. The convoy traveling to register a candidate for a provincial governor was stopped and attacked by... More »

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