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Philippines Declares Martial Law in Maguindanao

Written by: on 6th December 2009 |
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Philippines Declares Martial Law in Maguindanao  | read this item

Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced Saturday that she is imposing martial law in the southern province of Maguindanao where recently, 57 people were killed in a political massacre.

This is the first time that martial rule was declared in the country since the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos imposed it more than three decades ago.

Morevover, clan patriarch Andal Ampatuan Sr., a former governor who was among those detained Saturday after the implementation of the Martial Law in the province, together with at least six other family members, all denied involvement in the Nov. 23 attack on a political rival’s convoy.

The Ampatuans, notorious for running a private army, were allied with Arroyo, whose party expelled them after the massacre. Andal Jr. had surrendered and was charged with multiple counts of murder.

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