The ABS-CBN TV Patrol Tuesday evening Newscast has reported 47 deaths after 11 more bodies were recovered from the massacre site by the local police.
The massacre took place in a remote town of Datu Abdullah Sanki in Maguindanao where the wife of a town mayor along with a group of reporters and political supporters were abducted and massacred by some 100 armed men believed to be supporters of the vice-mayor's political opponent.
The convoy of the vice-mayor's wife along with local news reporters were on their way to register the candidacy of the Vice-Mayor for the gubernatorial post in the coming 2010 election when the massacre happened.
According to the AP
Police Chief Superintendent Josefino Cataluna says 11 bodies were recovered before sundown Tuesday from a hillside grave. Eleven other victims were discovered there earlier in the day.
Soldiers and police found 24 bullet-riddled bodies Monday including those of Mangudadatu's wife Genalyn and his two sisters, the report added.
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has declared a state of emergency in Magauindanao province to allow the military and police authorities to restore order in the area.
Follow-up operations to capture the armed men who staged the massacre are ongoing.