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Women, lawyers and journalists beheaded and otherwise murdered in Phillipines
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.