Maguindanao under martial law, writ of habeas corpus suspended

Responding to the cry for justice of the Nov.23 massacre victims and in a move to thwart the “elements of rebellion” in the volatile province, President Arroyo has placed Maguindanao province under martial law rule within the period of 60 days.

Nearly two weeks after the gruesome killing of at least 57 people, including 31 journalists in the Ampatuan-led province, the President issued Proclamation No. 1959 putting the Maguindanao province under the state of martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said.

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