From The Herald Sun of Melbourne
Gunmen abducted and killed at least 21 people in the southern Philippines on Monday, apparently to prevent a woman filing her husband's nomination to run for provincial governor in elections next year, the military said.
Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Brawner said the bodies of 13 women and eight men were found in the area where about 30 people were taken hostage.
"We believe more bodies are buried," Brawner said. "Unfortunately the killing happened before our troops got there."
Some of the victims were beheaded, and bodies mutilated, local officials said.
Military officials said the dead included Genalyn Tiamzon-Mangudadatu, who was on the way to file the nomination of her husband to contest the governorship of Maguindanao province against Datu Andal Ampatuan, the head of a powerful local family.
She was accompanied by two lawyers, several members of her family and some local journalists.
Ampatuan has been elected governor of Maguindanao three times previously, always unopposed . . Of the 22 mayors in his province, most are sons, grandsons or other relatives.
In a 2007 interview with Reuters, Ampatuan said people did not run against him or his family members in elections because they had little chance of winning.
"It's because of popular support," he said. "Because I am so loved by the constituencies of the municipalities, they ask me to have my sons as representatives."
Earlier, military officials had said about 100 armed men, several of them in police uniform, had stopped the Mangudadatu convoy at a police checkpoint on a highway and taken the victims to a remote mountainous area.
Elections in the Philippines are usually marred by violence, especially in the south of the country, where security forces are battling communist rebels, Islamic radicals and the clan rivalries.
A Philipines blog is calling for fellow Muslims to eradicate Ampatuan and 'other warlords' from the face of the earth because
They put the Name of Islam in bad repute. They should not be allowed to enslave their fellow Muslims in Maguindanao and other areas. It is the duty of a pious Muslim to kill those who do not follow the precepts of Islam and those who kill with impunity, their fellow Muslims. Ampatuan is the real terrorist in Mindanao. He should be stopped and killed. Rido demands it.
The religion of peace strikes again.
I saw a report on this in a different source, before I came here and got the extra details. I observed, in both reports - the Herald/Sun version and the ABC (Aussie news) version - that there is an attempt to blur over the Muslim factor; the report I saw, claimed 'political killings are common in the Philippines', while the one here states 'elections in the Philippines are usually marred by violence'. Of course, the reference in the Herald/Sun report to the bodies having been 'beheaded' and 'mutilated' rather suggests Islam, not generalised gang or 'political' violence. And both reports, the Aussie ABC and the Herald-Sun, nevertheless undo this attempt to pretend that violence is just one of those things all Filipinos do, by proceeding to tell us that the violence is focused in, or worst in, the south...where most of the Muslims are. Funny, that. What a coincidence. Herald-Sun: 'Elections in the Philippines are usually marred by violence, *especially in the south of the country, where security forces are battling communist rebels, Islamic radicals and the clan rivalries*'. (Insert 'majority-Muslim' in front of the word 'south' in this passage and you've got the explanation for the 'Islamic radicals' [trans: fanatical Muslim jihadists] and ALSO for the 'clan rivalries' which are absolutely typical of all Islamified societies).
The ABC reporter, Karen Percy, managed slightly greater honesty, for the cat slipped right out of the bag at the end of her report: "Political killings are common in the Philippines and cases are rarely prosecuted. *The island of Mindanao is one of the most violent in the country, with government troops locked in a decades long battle against muslim insurgents*." Of course, she could and should have said, "The majority-Muslim island of Mindanao is the most violent place in the country". But I find it interesting that whereas the other report tried to diminish the prominence of the 'Islamic radicals' [bit of weaselwording, there] by oh-so-casually lumping them together with 'communist rebels' and 'clan rivalries', Karen Percy simply wrote - 'Muslim insurgents'. Not as clear as 'Muslim jihadis' would have been, but she did allow us to see, at the end, the centrality of ISLAM to what is going on in the southern Philippines.
A couple of final thoughts:
1. Brutal warlords like Ampatuan are what Islam, always and everywhere, naturally produces. See Gaza, see Iraq, see Afghanistan, see Somalia, see, see, see.
2. I observe that the Filipino blog discovered by Esmerelda, calls for Ampatuan to be destroyed, purely because he makes 'Islam' look bad and harms fellow Muslims. I doubt there would be any calls from Muslims for killing him, if he had confined his murderous attentions to non-Muslim targets.