Monday, February 21, 2011

Police search for killing fields in Maguindanao

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima talks to a forensic expert on the two skeletal remains exhumed from previous excavations in Shariff Aguak and Datu Hoffer towns in Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines. (Mark Navales – Mindanao Examiner Photo)

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 21, 2011) – Philippine authorities continue to search for graves of civilians allegedly murdered in the province of Maguindanao allegedly on orders of influential politicians linked to the brutal slayings of dozens of people in 2009.

The search was ordered after an informant tipped off authorities about the existence of the graves in the towns of Shariff Aguak and Datu Hoffer, all stronghold of the wealthy Ampatuan clan accused of murdering 57 people, including at least 32 journalists.

Human remains have been found in one of the graves, police said, adding
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and a team of forensic experts inspected the bones. (Mindanao Examiner)

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