The morning of November 3, 2009 spells one of the most tragic and bloody conflict in Maguindanao, Mindanao, Philippines. Basing on the reports, 13 women, 8 men and counting 34 journalists were ambushed and murdered while on their way to submit their candidacy for Esmael Mangudadatu to the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the office of Maguindanao. Mr. Mangudadatu is challenging mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr. for gubernatorial seat.
Among the victims were the Mr. Mangudadatus wife, Genalyn Tiamzon-Mangudadatu. She was allegedly raped and murdered. Mr. Mangudadatus’ younger sister was also killed. It is believed that the women were sexually assaulted as well. The six men who carried the certificate of candidacy were beheaded and some were decapitated with chainsaw. Some of the heads of the victims were bashed as well. Casualties of this heinous crime rises to 46 counts as the perpetuators created mass grave through a backhoe.
Malacanang declared Mindanao in Indefinite State Of Emergency.