Flags were set at half-mast today to remember the victims of the massacre.
GMANews.tv has created an interactive timeline of the massacre.
Datu Unsay town Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., the prime suspect and alleged mastermind of the so-called “Maguindanao Massacre” has surrendered himself to the government today. He surrendered to Presidential Adviser on Mindanao Jesus Dureza. He will be flown via helicopter to Manila for investigation.
I turned myself in to prove that I am not hiding and that I am not guilty.
– Andal Ampatuan, Jr.
He has also been formally charged with multiple murder before the Department of Justice today. Four police officers wil also be indicted. Consequently, the DoJ has created a 14-man legal team to handle the case.
Militiamen in Maguindanao has been disarmed by the AFP. They number 347 in all. The PNP-ARMM Regional Director has also been relieved, as well as the entire personnel of the Ampatuan police station.
PNP Dir. Gen. Jesus Verzosa also ordered the suspension of all permit to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFOR) in the areas of Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, and Cotabato City.
International condemnations of the incident continue, this time from the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and United Kingdom.
* Buluan Vice Mayor Toto Mangudadatu claims the whole massacre was planned
* Police avoid to name Andal Ampatuan Jr. as the prime suspect in the massacre, citing verifications of report first before doing so. Also, police are insisting that a backhoe found at the crime scene and witness accounts “are not enough” to pin down the Ampatuan clan.
* Lakas-KAMPI-CMD unanimously ousted the Ampatuan clan from their party last night
* Incidentally, the massacre also impaired “community journalism” not only in the province but also in areas near the vicinity of the incident