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Clan in Philippines Accused of More Killings

The New York Times
Published: November 16, 2010

MANILA — Members of a powerful political clan in the southern Philippines whose leaders have been charged in the massacre of 57 people last November are implicated in dozens of other killings dating back decades, Human Rights Watch alleged in a report released Tuesday.

Some of the 56 earlier killings detailed by the New York-based rights group occurred with the knowledge, if not the complicity, of members of the police and the military, according to the report. No one in the Ampatuan family, long a dominant political force in Maguindanao Province, was charged in the earlier killings, whose victims included political opponents and their relatives, public officials, people whose land the family wanted and members of the Ampatuans’ own organization who disobeyed orders, the report said. Continue reading

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