MANILA, Philippines—She let the shocking pictures do the talking for Presidential Proclamation No. 1959.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo bolstered her argument for placing Maguindanao province under martial law by making gory photos of the Nov. 23 massacre an integral part of the report she sent to Congress on Sunday.
At least four pages of the 20-page report contained images of the corpses, mutilated and decomposing.
“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.