Massacre clan wins in Philippine polls

AFP-JIJI

A clan whose chiefs are on trial for the Philippines’ worst political massacre secured big wins in local elections this week, results showed Friday, deepening fears that justice may never be served.

Leaders of the Ampatuan family and their gunmen are accused of massacring 58 people, including 32 journalists, in the southern province of Maguindanao more than three years ago in a bid to quash a rival’s challenge to become governor.

Wives of three senior clan figures who are on trial for the murders were re-elected for town mayor posts in Maguindanao in Monday’s midterm polls, according to official results. At least 16 other members of the Ampatuan family were elected or re-elected as town mayors, vice mayors and councilors.