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Gloria Arroyo slapped with massacre lawsuit
MANILA, November 22, 2011 (AFP) -- Relatives of some of the 57 people killed in the Philip- pines’ worst political massacre sued then-president Gloria Ar- royo on Tuesday for arming and supporting the alleged murderers, their lawyer said.
The civil suit seeking 15 mil- lion pesos ($345,000) in damages will force Arroyo to fight another tough legal battle, after police charged her last week with con- spiring to rig the 2007 senatorial elections.
PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by His Excellency Lee Myung-bak President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok, greets Korean offi cial delegation during the arrival ceremony at the Malacañan Palace Grounds for his State Visit to the Republic of the Philippines on Monday (November 21). Both governments consider the visit as a high point in marking the 62-year history of Philippine-South Korean bilateral relations which were formally established on March 03, 1949. (MNS photo)
Balita CEO denies threat allegations
By RHONY LAIGO
BALITA MEDIA INC. Chief Executive Offi cer Luchie Mendoza-Allen has denied threatening any per- son as reported recently in a newspaper tabloid.
Slamming the particular story that came out in a fort- nightly newspaper, Allen said it is not true that she ever threatened anyone, nor did she make statements of the same nature.
According to Allen, she was not aware of any state- ment released by any person that she allegedly threatened. She added she was never pro- vided any court document re- lating to that fact.
“If I made any threat to any person, then I would’ve been subject to a criminal investi- gation or a complaint. There has been none and there is no report of any intimidation against any person to the au- thorities that I’m aware of,” Allen said.
She said that for almost 20 years, “Balita has been one, if not the leading Fili- pino-American newspaper in Southern California, which, thanks to our readers and ad- vertisers, has earned the re-
See BALITA CEO, page 16
Philippines asks Sokor for military hardware
MANILA, November 21, 2011 (AFP) – Philippine President Be- nigno Aquino asked his visiting counterpart from South Korea on Monday for aircraft, boats and other hardware to help boost his country’s military, amid rising tensions with China.
Aquino said he and South Ko- rean President Lee Myung-Bak discussed their respective regional security concerns, which for the Philippines is the disputed South China Sea, where China has been accused of bullying.
“On defence cooperation, I
expressed to President Lee the interest of the Philippines to gain some specific defence articles such as military-grade helicop- ters, boats and aircrafts,” Aquino said in a joint forum.
“This is in consonance with the upgrading and modernisa- tion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.”
Lee did not disclose any re- sponse to the specific request but said South Korea wanted to cooperate with the Philippines to resolve its maritime problems. See PHILIPPINES, page 7
Curtain falls on SEA Games; Philippines eff ort not enough
BY AIDAN JONES JAKARTA, November 22, 2011 (AFP) - A mes- merising closing ceremony for the Southeast Asian Games Tuesday was unable to lift the pall cast over competition by the deaths of two fans in a stampede at the headline football final.
Fireworks and dancers lit up the centrepiece stadium in Palembang, which co-hosted the Games, but there was a sombre undertone to the event after the stampede that proceeded Indonesia’s clash with Malaysia for football gold. Two victims died in the crush before the Monday night match in Jakarta when stadium gates were opened and the crowd surged to get in, Jakarta police told AFP, adding that a boy taken to hospital had slipped into a coma.
See SEA GAMES, page 7
The lawyer for relatives of 15 victims who filed the suit, Harry Roque, said it was filed on Tuesday with a Manila court, deliberately timed to raise public awareness ahead of Wednesday’s two-year anniversary of the mas- sacre.
Government prosecutors al- lege that leaders of the Ampatuan family, who ruled the southern province of Maguindanao, or- chestrated the massacre to stop a political rival from challenging them in local elections. “She enabled the Ampatuans to do what they did by arming them, by legitimising their private army, by giving them aid and by giving them political support,” Roque told AFP.
The patriarch of the fam-
ily, Andal Ampatuan Snr, was governor of Maguindanao and a member of Arroyo’s ruling coali- tion at the time of the massacre. Arroyo’s government had given the Ampatuans military hardware and allowed them to run their own private army of a few thousand men as a proxy force in See GLORIA, page 6
GLORIA: More troubles
Justice pleas 2 years after PH massacre
MANILA, November 22,
2011 (AFP) - Relatives of 57 people killed in the Philippines’ worst political massacre were set to mark two years since the kill- ings Wednesday with pleas for authorities to speed up the justice process.
While key leaders of the Am- patuan clan who are accused of orchestrating the killings have been charged, their trial is still in its early stages and prosecutors fear it could take years before anyone is punished for the crime. Meanwhile, 100 suspects -- including members of the Am- patuan family, policemen and soldiers -- have yet to be caught, and relatives of the victims have complained that witnesses are be- ing killed, intimidated or bribed. “It has been two years and there is still no justice. Some (suspects) have been arraigned but others are still out there,” See JUSTICE, page 6
BASKETBALL GOLD. Players and offi cials of Philippines basketball men’s team show the gold medals during a ceremony at the 26th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Jakarta on November 20, 2011. The Philippines outclassed Thailand in the fi nals, 85-57.(MNS photo)
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