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01/21/10. from here on we would like to follow the developments in Maguindanao and how the new Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao government is doing as well as what is happening in the massacre case. It would be interesting to see…

World Bank ‘likely’ to approve $30-million loan for ARMM


April 20, 2010, 4:29pm

COTABATO CITY – The World Bank (WB) is “likely” to approve the US$30-million loan of the Philippine government to fund infrastructure projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), following its “satisfactory rating” of past projects in the region, an ARMM Social Fund Project (ASFP) official said Tuesday.

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massacre gunman in hiding

video via @rayvelline

Ex-cop in Maguindanao massacre bolts from jail

By Abigail Kwok 02/17/2010

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) A retired police official, who was arrested in relation to the Maguindanao massacre, has escaped from his detention cell in Sultan Kudarat province, police said.

Maguindanao martial law official to testify vs Ampatuans By Abigail Kwok 02/12/2010

MANILA, Philippines – A former administrator of martial law in Maguindanao is expected to testify Friday at the resumption of the hearing on the determination of probable cause on the rebellion case filed against members of a powerful clan in the province.

Mangudadatu escort kills ‘Ampatuan hitman’ in Davao mall

GMANews 02/11/2010

A member of the the powerful Ampatuan clan allegedly attacked Maguindanao gubernatorial bet Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu in a Davao City mall on Thursday evening, but ended up being shot dead himself by a Mangudadatu bodyguard.

Sen. Aquino Calls For Accounting of ARMM Funds


Sen. Benigno S. Aquino III calls for accounting of P9.4-B in ARMM funds

Liberal Party standard bearer Noynoy Aquino yesterday called for an accounting of the P9.44 billion allocated to the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in 2009 which has remained in a sorry state despite the huge amounts poured into the region.

“Despite the billions of pesos poured into the ARMM, all the five provinces are among the poorest in the country and in the bottom 10 of the Human Development Index (HDI). We need to know why the people have remained poor and the region largely undeveloped,” he said.

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Arroyo, Ampatuans mocked agencies in crafty power play

GMANews 02/05/10

A few weeks after the Maguindanao massacre, Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer, chief administrator of martial law in the area, received an unusual call on his cell phone. 02/05/10

Ampatuans used public office to amass illegal arsenal

GMANews 02/04/10

In July last year, Philippine National Police officers from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PNP-ARMM) met with representatives from the Arms Corporation of the Philippines (Armscor) for what should have been a fairly straightforward transaction.

The PNP was buying half a million rounds of 5.56-mm ammunition, the kind used by the police and military for the M-16 rifle. The purchase and delivery papers indicate that the bullets were meant for deployment to war-torn Sulu.

But right off, there were some glaring discrepancies: For one, this official transaction was done at a hotel in Manila. For another, the PNP-ARMM officers were paying in cash – P10 million stuffed in a duffel bag – for a government transaction that should have been paid with a check coursed through a state financial institution.

At first, the surprised Armscor representatives worried about carrying around P10 million in cold cash. Then they realized their problem was more basic – how to carry the heavy duffel bag. Still, the unusual transaction was completed without a hitch, and the ammunition was delivered to a Manila port for shipping to Sulu.

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Mangudadatu’s wife died a ‘cruel death’—NBI

Philippine Daily Inquirer 02/04/2010

MANILA, Philippines—Genalin Mangudadatu suffered a “cruel, brutal and treacherous” death, according to the report of the medico-legal officer of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). 02/04/10

Ampatuan Jr. rival to be cross-examined today 02/03/10

MANILA, Philippines — Buluan Vice Mayor Ismael “Toto” Mangudadatu will again face Datu Unsay Mayor and multiple murder suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr. in the fifth day of the trial on the massacre of 57 people in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. 02/03/10

Australia grants $5M to autonomous region

Sun Star 01/30/10

THE government of Australia has granted $5 million more fund for education projects and programs in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm). 01/30/10

ARMM starts screening to select acting governor

Manila Times 12/30/10

INTERIOR and Local Government Undersecretary Marius Corpus on Thursday bared that a search committee in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) tasked to select the acting governor of Maguindanao who shall serve until June 30 this year, has begun screening the nominees for the position, as part of overall efforts by the government to normalize operations in the said province. 12/30/10

Plot to attack High Court, probe bureau bared

Sun Star 01/30/10

MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will be placed under heightened alert on Sunday, following the discovery of a plot to attack the bureau and the Supreme Court (SC) on the same day. 01/30/10

Mangudadatu asks poll body for armed escorts

GMANews.TV – Friday, January 29

Ismael “Toto” Mangudadatu’s ordeal has not yet ended. On Thursday, the vice mayor of Buluan town in Maguindanao who lost his wife, sisters, and aunt in the November 23 massacre requested the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to provide him with more security personnel. 01/29/10

Ampatuan clan ‘violent,’ Arroyo execs warned rival

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 5) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s officials had repeatedly warned Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu against challenging the political bid of the Ampatuans because they were a “violent people,” the local executive himself told the court Wednesday. 01/27/10

Ampatuan camp files gag order vs. Devanadera, 3 others

The camp of Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. has filed a gag order to prohibit Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera and three other lawyers from giving comments to the media about the ongoing murder trial.  01/27/10

PNP forms special task group ‘Maguindanao’ 01/26/10

Palace behind money raids 12/25/10

Cop-witness in Maguindanao massacre missing 01/25/10

PNP seizes more explosives, ammo from Ampatuan 01/24/10

Ampatuan victim’s widow calls on Arroyo for justice 01/24/10

Family of 3 massacred in Ampatuan town 01/23/2010

Armm readies development plan

Adiong, at the opening of the three-day workshop, addressed the participants, citing among others funding supports from national and foreign sources now in the pipeline that include a $30-million package earmarked by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and the World Bank (WB).  01/21/10 Sun Star

Arms seized in raid of security agency

DAVAO CITY – Several high-powered unlicensed firearms were seized after government agents raided a security agency owned by an in-law of the Ampatuan clan in Davao City Thursday. 01/22/10 Sun Star

Maguindanao cops charged over missing guns, vehicles 1/19/2010

After massacre, thinning blood ties 01/09/10 via @creepingsharia

Maguindanao violence continues 01/07/2010

Philippines massacre accused Ampatuan pleads not guilty 01/05/2010 @BBC

Ampatuan Massacre aftermath: the stench of death is in the air but where are the bodies? 01/04/2010

More weapons found in Maguindanao12/30/09 @

Cops wary over continued security for massacre suspects 12/30/09 @ Inquirer

Pirated DVD copies of Maguindanao massacre 12/29/09

NBI secures new witness in Maguindanao massacre case (video) 12/29/09 @ GMATV

Ampatuans given extra time to file defense- DOJ has until feb 2 to decide on charges 12/28/09

PNP-issued guns seized in Maguindanao arms raid 12/28/09 @ Inquirer

Commentary @ Inquirer 12/28/09

(1/2) Big-time gambling patriarch plays high-stakes politics

(2/2) Ampatuan patriarch gave Arroyo big win that fueled his rise to power

DOJ summons 600 in rebellion probe 12/23/09

Journalists remember ‘Maguindanao massacre12/23/09

Ampatuan trial postponed due to venue woes 12/22/09

Government prosecutors filed 16 more murder charges 12/22/09

The International Crisis Group (ICG) on the massacre in Maguindanao 12/21/09

Ampatuan case takes ironic twist 12/21/09

Ampatuans entrust arsenal to Moro Islamic Liberation Front 12/21/09

Palace impressed by lady judge’s decision to handle Ampatuan case 12/18/09

Massacre chief suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr w/ bullet proof vest in court 12/18/09



Ampatuans no-show in Davao court hearing 12/18/09

Ampatuan cars and mansion video 12/10/09

Troops find more firearms in Maguindanao By NONOY E. LACSON 12/10/09

ZAMBOANGA CITY (December 10, 2009) – Government troops in search for more firearms of the Ampatuans have found another cache of high-powered firearms and ammunition Wednesday hidden inside a warehouse at barangay San Sebastian in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.

The finds include shoulder-fire 57 and 90 recoilless rifle (RR) projectiles that can stop tanks and armored personnel carriers and an estimated half a million pesos worth of live mortar rounds hidden inside a warehouse owned by the Ampatuans, Maj. Gen. Anthony Alcantara, 6th Infantry Division chief, said.

Alcantara said government troops raided the warehouse located at the San Sebastian area in Shariff Aguak after receiving a tip from a civilian.

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TIMELINE: The Maguindanao Massacre- FFFJ-NUJP Fact-Finding Team 12/03/09

‘It’s like Rwanda’: UN expert on Maguindanao massacre 12/03/09

Maguindanao massacre: A recollection of those 4 critical days – Jesus Dureza 12/01/09

ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan denies family’s involvement in massacre 11/30/09

MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE – photos & reports @ Edsel’s blog

Maguindanao Massacre – Sun Star journalist’s thoughts 11/27/09



GMA News Research 11/24/2009

The Mangudadatu clan is most prominent in Sultan Kudarat province, although it also enjoys some local political clout in Maguindanao. The following are members of the clan who have held various political positions at various times:

Datu Pax Mangudadatu

– representative, 1st District of Sultan Kudarat (2007-2010)

– governor, Sultan Kudarat (2004-2007)

– mayor, Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat (1988-1998)

– Datu Pax is the father of Datu Suharto and Ruth, and the father-in-law of Datu Raden.

Datu Suharto Mangudadatu

– governor, Sultan Kudarat (2007-2010)

– representative, Lone District of Sultan Kudarat (2004-2007)

– mayor, Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat (1998-2004)

– Datu Suharto is the son of Datu Pax, brother of Ruth, and the brother-in-law of Datu Raden Sakaluran.

Ruth Sakaluran

– mayor, Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat (2007-2010)

– Ruth is the daughter of Datu Pax, sister of Datu Suharto, and wife of Datu Raden.

Datu Raden Sakaluran

– mayor, Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat (2004-2007)

– Datu Raden is the son-in-law of Datu Pax, brother-in-law of Datu Suharto and husband of Ruth.

There are also Mangudadatu members who hold local seats in Maguindanao province:

Datu Ismael “Toto” Mangudadatu is currently vice mayor of Buluan municipality.

Bai Eden Mangudadatu is currently vice mayor of Mangudadatu municipality.

Source: GMA

First exclusive video of site of Maguindanao massacre 11/23/09

40 people seized in Maguindanao

Sun Star 11/23/09

DAVAO CITY (Updated) — Some 100 heavily armed men abducted Monday at least 40 people, including the wife and sister of a town vice mayor in Maguindanao, his lawyers, supporters, and local media practitioners.

Those abducted were identified as Genalyn Mangudadatu, wife of Buluan Vice Mayor Ismael “Toto” Mangudadatu – a former town mayor who is seeking the gubernatorial post in Maguindanao, his sister Eden, lawyers Connie Brezuela and Cynthia Oquindo, and more than 30 local newsmen and supporters who joined Mangudadatu’s convoy headed for Shariff Aguak, the province’s capital town, to get election documents at the provincial office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Mangudadatu was set to file his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) in Shariff Aguak Monday and directed his wife to get copies of the COC.

Mangudadatu said some journalists who were in the convoy included local newspaper publisher Andy Teodoro, Manila Bulletin correspondent Bong Reblando, Bombo Radyo Koronadal chief reporter Bart Maravilla, DZRH correspondent Henry Araneta, and South Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat newsman Joy Duhay.

Names of other reporters and their exact number were not immediately available.

Genalyn and her companions, according to Mangudadatu, were waylaid along the highway in Ampatuan town while on their way to Shariff Aguak.

Mangudadatu, in an interview over Catholic-ran dxND in Kidapawan City, said his last contact with his wife was around 9:30 a.m. Genalyn and her convoy left Buluan town around 8:30 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m. Monday, Mangudadatu received very disturbing reports that six of the more than 40 passengers of the convoy were already beheaded by the armed men.

“I don’t know if my wife, Jijie, was one of those beheaded. The beheading was confirmed by our people in the area,” he said during the interview.

Authorities have yet to confirm the reports.

The victims’ whereabouts are still unknown, although military reports said they were brought by their abductors to the hinterlands of Ampatuan town in Maguindanao.

Maj. Gen. Alfredo Cayton Jr., commanding general of the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division based in Awang town in Maguindanao, confirmed reports that Genalyn and her companions were indeed missing.

“I have already sent six armored vehicles and two companies of soldiers to nearby Ampatuan town where Mangudadatu’s convoy of three vehicles was reportedly brought by the kidnappers,” Cayton told Edwin Espejo of Asian Correspondent.

Cayton however declined to name those responsible for the abduction.

Attempts to contact Maguindanao police proved futile, and there is scant information on the reported beheading of some of Mangudadatu’s supporters. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

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