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Philippines: Brutal Killing Undermines Freedom of Expression


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Philippines: Brutal Killing Undermines Freedom of Expression

At least 39 people were viciously killed when a convoy they were travelling in was attacked in the Philippines on 23 November. The convoy was intercepted by approximately 100 men in Ampatuan town whilst on its way to register Ishmael ‘Toto’ Mangudadatu as a candidate for provincial governorship elections, Ampatuan is the home town of the incumbent governor Andal Ampatuan, and there are strong indications that the attack was politically motivated. According to the local media, Mangudadatu belongs to a clan that has been engaged in a long-running feud with the Ampatuan family, which has intermittently governed the region since 2001. This attack represents a troubling development in the Mindanao region, where Muslim rebels have been fighting for self-rule in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation. .


By Article 19, UK,


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