[Blueboard] The Maguindanao Massacre: How Could Such A Thing Happen?

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Fri Nov 27 18:06:35 PHT 2009





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The Maguindanao Massacre Timeline


On November 23, 2009 against more than 50 unarmed civilians - 57 at last count - many of them women, more than 20 of them journalists. The massacre site is located along an off-road hillside in Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman, Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province.


About 9:00 am - A convoy of six vehicles carrying journalists, lawyers, and relatives of Maguindanao vice mayor Datu Ismael "Toto" Mangudadatu leaves Buluan to file Mangudadatu's Certificate of Candidacy at the Comelec office in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao's capital.

About 10:30 am - The convoy and the two other vehicles nearby are traveling on a stretch of the Cotabato-Isulan national highway when they are accosted by a group of about 100 armed men at a checkpoint in Sitio Masalay, Ampatuan town, about 10 kilometers (four, according to another version) from their destination. 

About 11:00 am - Philippine Army units in the area are alerted and launch a search for the hostages and their abductors.

Undetermined times between 10:30 am and 3 pm - Commandeered by the armed men, the vehicles in the convoy, including the Vios and the FX, are driven to a hilly and sparsely-populated part of Sitio Masalay (in other accounts, Sitio Magating) in Brgy. Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao. It takes them 30 minutes to reach the area, which is 2.5 kilometers from the highway checkpoint where the victims were abducted.


The armed men systematically kill the hostages using rapid-fire automatic guns. (It is unclear if bladed weapons were used.) The killers start dumping the bodies and vehicles into the mass graves, and begin covering up the site using the backhoe.


About 3:00 pm - The same witness said that the perpetrators received a call warning them of approaching Army soldiers. The killers hurriedly flee just before Army soldiers arrive, leaving behind more than two dozen unburied victims and their vehicles.

The graves are found and the buried vehicles and bodies retrieved

There are three gravesites: 

(1) In Grave 1 are retrieved 24 of the victims, including three of the five Vios passengers, FX Tamaraw driver, Anthony Ridao, Genalyn Mangdadatu, Eden Mangudadatu, and Farina Mangudadatu 
(2) In Grave 2 are found six others along with the Vios, L-300 and the Tamaraw-FX.
(3) In Grave 3 are found five people.
- The first two graves are 10 to 12 feet deep, while the third is just about five feet deep. 

All in all, 35 victims are found buried in the three graves, while 22 are found lying on the ground, for a total of 57 fatalities. There are still three to four unidentified bodies.



(Source: www.gmanews.tv)


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