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Amnesty Int'l urges short period of martial law

MANILA - The Philippine government should set a clear and short timetable for an end to martial law in Maguindanao province and dismantle all armed paramilitary groups in the country, international human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday.

Gov't mulls bringing all Ampatuans to Manila

MANILA - Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera on Tuesday said authorities are studying a proposal to bring all the arrested members of the Ampatuan clan to Manila.

Martial law favored by Cotabato bishops as 'last resort'

Catholic bishops in Cotabato City are in favor of the declaration placing Maguindanao under martial law, but only as a last resort, saying the situation in the province is "very complex."

Proclamation 1959 gets mixed reactions

ZAMBOANGA CITY - A former military general is among the few who understands Malacañang’s decision last Friday evening to declare martial law in most parts of Maguindanao province. 

Military, police raid house of Andal Sr. anew

Muli na namang pinasok ng mga otoridad ang bahay ni dating governor Andal Ampatuan Senior para halughugin kung may mga natatago pa roong mga baril. Nasa linya ng telepono si Jorge Cariño mula sa Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao. Bandila, Lunes, Disyembre 7, 2009

Joint session on martial law may start Wednesday

MANILA - Representatives of the 2 chambers of Congress met Monday evening to make a draft of the rules and procedures for the joint session that would tackle President Arroyo’s Proclamation No. 1959 but failed to finish it delaying the start of the joint session possibly by 1 day. 

Businessmen against martial law in Maguindanao

Some businessmen are against the imposition of martial law in Maguindanao province, saying it may hamper the flow of foreign investments into the country. The businessmen expressed their sentiments after several countries issued travel advisories warning their nationals against traveling to Maguindanao

Martial law in Maguindanao: The genie is out

Young officers will be made to believe that the military can rule effectively where civilian governance has failed

As the cameras rolled, a young Army lieutenant flagged down a vehicle carrying a known Ampatuan supporter. Are you carrying firearms, he yelled, as his troops searched the car.

Police file rebellion raps vs Ampatuans

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Monday they have filed to the justice department rebellion charges against 24 people, 3 days after the declaration martial law and the suspension of the privilege of habeas corpus in parts of Maguindanao province. 

Congress’s joint session on martial law on Wednesday

Hindi na muna matutuloy bukas ang joint session ng Kamara at Senado sa martial law proclamation sa Maguindanao. Hindi pa raw kasi lubos na plantsado ang magiging panuntunan sa joint session. Live magba-Bandila si Cecille Lardizabal. Bandila, Lunes, Disyembre 7, 2009