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Philippine Senators Challenge Arroyo to Get Ampatuans Suspected of Massacre

ABS-CBN News, Posted: Nov 25, 2009

MANILA - Outraged senators on Tuesday challenged President Arroyo to go after her political allies, the Ampatuans, who have been tagged in the massacre of at least 22 (46 by various media sources) people, including women, in Maguindanao on Monday.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel. Jr. said authorities should take in for questioning Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. amid indications that the Ampatuans may have been involved in the killing of members of the rival Mangudadatu clan and a number of journalists.

Still, Pimentel was doubtful if the president would go after he own political allies who delivered votes to the administration in the 2004 and 2007 elections.

Pimentel's son and namesake, Aquilino III, who ran for senator in 2007 under the opposition ticket, has claimed he was cheated in Maguindanao, where the Ampatuans delivered a 12-0 victory for administration candidates.

Phil. Sen. Panfilo Lacson also dared President Arroyo to go after the perpetrators of the Maguindanao massacre and "shoot them, if necessary."



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