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Body count mounts in Philippine massacre

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Body count mounts in Philippine massacre


Yet more bodies have been unearthed in an election-related massacre in the Philippines.

The number of dead now stands at 52. Two southern provinces and one city have been placed under emergency rule. Women from the powerful Mangudadatus clan, accompanied by lawyers and journalists, were travelling in a convoy to file the nomination for one of their group to stand in next May’s election. The caravan was held up by around 100 armed men, who herded them away from the road and then gunned them down or hacked them to death with machetes. The country’s President Gloria Arroyo is now under pressure as the main suspect is Andal Ampatuan jnr, a local mayor, whose father heads the most influential clan in the area and is a committed supporter of Arroyo.

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