Philippines Removes Entire Police Department in Massacre Location
The entire police department of the province of Maguindanao was removed from their post to eliminate possibilities of impartiality as some members were linked to the massacre of 57 people, the country’s most brutal election-related crime.
All 1,107 cops were removed from the province’s police force. Those who were not implicated in the mass murder will be moved to nearby provinces. Combat-trained policemen from other parts of the country would be sent to replace the security force.
Some of the replacement cops will be placed to protect government prosecutors who are now receiving death threats.
Meanwhile, hundreds of military soldiers took control of the two mansions of the Ampatuan clan. Their movements are being controlled while the prosecutors are rushing to file murder charges against 8 more members of the family.
Main suspect Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. was already charged with 20 counts of murder, Tuesday, December 1.
The mass murders include some 34 journalists and the provinces of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat are in state of emergency to enable the government and the military to tighten control over the area to prevent further violence.