Emergency declared in Philippines

46 killed in worst ever incidents of election violence in country

Emergency declared in Philippines

 
Police and soldiers found 22 bodies in a hillside mass grave on Tuesday, adding to the 24 bullet-riddled bodies recovered near the scene of Monday’s massacre in Maguindanao province, said Chief Superintendent Josefino Cataluna of the Central Mindanao region.

This southern region of the Philippines is wracked by violent political rivalries, in addition to a long-running Islamic insurgency, but the killings have shocked this Southeast Asian nation.

An adviser to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has described the massacre as the worst in the country’s recent history. A media rights watchdog also says that it appears to be the world’s worst mass killing of journalists, with as many as 23 feared dead.

Dozens of gunmen abducted the group of journalists, supporters and relatives of a gubernatorial candidate as they travelled through Amputuan township on Monday to file candidacy documents in the provincial capital for May 2010 elections.

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