Posted by: JWP | 12/09/2009

Palace knew about Ampatuan ‘chainsaw killings’

ABS-CBN News 12/10/2009 11:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Arroyo administration knew about the chainsaw killings and other alleged atrocities committed by the Ampatuan clan even before the November 23 massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao, the country’s human rights chief said Thursday.

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) head Leila de Lima said the chainsaw killings were revealed in an anonymous letter signed by a group calling itself the Concerned People’s Organization.

She said the letter, which revealed several alleged inhumane acts of the Ampatuans, was first received by the office of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Aug. 11, 2008.

De Lima said the letter included the story of the wife of former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. The letter said the Ampatuan’s wife had fallen in love with a young man.

“The young man was ordered killed and shot to death before eyes of the helpless grandfather,” she said in a radio dzMM interview.

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