Two weeks after the infamous Maguidanao massacre in southern Philippines, gory photos of the victims of one of the most violent crimes in the Philippines, have surfaced in the local media and the Internet.
Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arrroyo has declared martial law in Maguindanao province and one of the basis for declaring the emergency rule is the gory pictures taken by local and foreign journalists who were at the site of the massacre when the victims were exhumed for forensic evidence.
The pictures are not fit for public viewing.
The President is under attack by politicians and cause-oriented groups for declaring martial law in the province citing possible abuse by the military and police in implementing the emergency rule.
Arroyo said 4 pages of the 20 page report containing photos of victims showed mutilated bodies of victims
“The genitalia of Genalin (sic) Mangudadatu was lacerated four times and blown off by gun fire, and her body horrifyingly mutilated,” the report partly read, referring to the fate of Genalyn, wife of Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu and one of the 57 victims of the election-related carnage.
“Most, if not all, of the female victims’ pants were found unzipped, and their sexual organs mutilated and mangled. Five of them tested positive for traces of semen, indicative of sexual abuse,” the report added.
Aside fro the documentary evidence on the brutal killing perpetuated by the alleged prime suspect and his armed followers, Arroyo also noted“the movement of heavily armed rebels in strategic positions, and the closure of the Maguindanao provincial capitol, and the Ampatuan, Datu Unsay, and 14 other municipal halls.”
There were also reports of movement of armored vehicles, tanks and patrol cars with unauthorized police or military markings.
In a late-breaking development, the Philippine Supreme Court deferred the issuance of a temporary restraining order being sought by those who are opposed to the imposition of martial law in the area.
Instead, the high court ordered President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to comment on the various petitions filed questioning the constitutionality of the proclamation, high court deputy spokesman Gleo Guerra said at a press conference today.
Respondents have until Monday to submit their comment.