OK the Ampatuan clan is a 'Muslim' clan , which makes sense in the ARMM (autonomous region Muslim Mindanao)
I guess Mangudadatu clan is Muslim also... the press here seems reluctant to mention it [paralysed with fear?]
The poor read no newspapers, and dont distinguish between Gangsters, Police,Political, and Random violence...
I salvaged the remnants of my copy of "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" which the kids have been using as scrap paper... how quaint and wonderful the 70s cultural rev seems now
Some press Quotes:
at least 22 journalists.
[ easily the greatest single Journalist killing in History]
the scion [sic, typical RP over-elaborate language] of the clan suspected in the slaughter of 57 people ..will face murder charges,..
Andal Ampatuan Jr., a town mayor, maintains he had nothing to do with the ambush [yeah right, like who else has 100 gunmen private army]
[victim clan]: Ismael Mangudadatu, vice mayor of Buluan township,
Not all of the 57 victims were part of the convoy. Police officer Felicisimo Khu, who was supervising the retrieval of bodies on a grassy hilltop in Ampatuan township, said the gunmen intercepted two other vehicles with six people who happened to be traveling on the same road at the same time — and killed and buried them too.
64 people, including women and journalists, were butchered in a frenzied attack
The witness was quoted as saying the guns confiscated by local police were not the ones used in the massacre. He also claimed that the guns and ammunition used in the massacre had been bought from the Philippine armed forces. “Those people were killed using guns and ammo from the government,”
a series of mass graves had already been dug.
[did they really think it wouldnt be found?]
[AAjr is in NBI headqtrs Manila, I guess Colonel Uncle Hernandez is busy]