Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Terrible news from Mindanao

Philippine poll attack toll rises with shallow graves

At least 24 bodies have been found in the southern Philippines and police say they have found more in shallow graves.

The bodies are from a 40-strong group of politicians and journalists which was seized in an attack blamed on clan warfare ahead of next year's elections.

The government has declared a state of emergency in two provinces, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato city. Read the full article at the BBC.

Preparations, scheming and positioning was already happening for the elections next year when I was in Mindanao. Many skirmishes were blamed on "clan warfare" in Mindanao, and many of them certainly were. But to blame the murders of so many innocent outsiders on clan warfare is a bit of a stretch. This was a dispicable act that will make the daily lives of Maguindanoans and Sultan Kudaratis, along with my old colleagues, much more restricted.

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