Manila maintains anti-corruption drive

MANILA, Philippines, July 2 (UPI) -- The Philippines has made progress against corruption in political life but more work is needed to keep the momentum going, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said.

Arroyo pleads not guilty to election fraud

MANILA, Philippines, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Former Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo pleaded not guilty Thursday to allegations of election fraud.

Trial in Philippines massacre suspended

QUEZON, Philippines, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Proceedings against a Philippine politician suspected of being involved in the massacre of 57 people were suspended Wednesday for at least two weeks.

Philippines charge nearly 200 for massacre

MANILA, Philippines, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Police have charged 196 people including an ally of President Gloria Arroyo with murder for their involvement in a roadside massacre last November.

Philippines mass murder charges sought

MANILA, Philippines, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The Philippine Justice Department Tuesday recommended 57 counts of murder against Andal Ampatuan Sr. and 197 others in the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people.

Philippine mayor faces more murder charges

MANILA, Philippines, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A Philippine mayor on trial for the mass killing of 57 people last year pleaded not guilty Wednesday to an additional 15 murder charges, prosecutors say.

Judge allows video of massacre victims

QUEZON CITY, Philippines, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Videotape of the mangled bodies of massacre victims was shown Wednesday at a bail hearing for a Philippine mayor accused of masterminding the killings.

Witness kicks off massacre hearing

MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A small-town deputy mayor tried to stop his boss from starting what turned out to be mass murder of 57 people, a hearing has heard.

Official: Evidence enough against Ampatuan

MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A local official says he saw the Nov. 23 massacre in the Philippines' Maguindanao province and blamed it on a political family but says he did not participate.

Witness: Ampatuan Jr. shot convoy members

QUEZON CITY, Philippines, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Philippines clan patriarch Andal Ampatuan Sr. ordered the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao province, a court witness said Wednesday.

Ampatuan pleads not guilty in massacre

MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Local Philippine politico Andal Ampatuan Jr. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 41 counts of murder in the massacre of a political rival's family and followers.

Philippines journos honor slain colleagues

AMPATUAN, Philippines, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Philippines journalists lit candles Wednesday as they visited the site where at least 22 of their colleagues were slain in November, observers said.

Rebellion charges aimed at Filipino clan

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Philippines authorities said Monday they will file rebellion charges against the leaders of a powerful Maguindanao province political clan.

Martial law set in Philippines province

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Martial law in the Philippines province of Maguindanao was in force Saturday after last month's massacre of 57 people there, officials said.

Massacre investigators find buried armory

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Philippine authorities, investigating the Nov. 23 massacre, report finding a huge cache of high-powered firearms near the Ampatuan family home.
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Andal Ampatuan, Sr. is the patriarch of the Ampatuan political family in Maguindanao province, on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. He was the governor of the province.

Ampatuan Sr. was already a vice mayor when President Ferdinand E. Marcos appointed him as mayor and officer-in-charge of Maganoy (now Shariff Aguak). When Corazon Aquino came into power via the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution, she replaced every locally-elected official with officers-in-charge. Ampatuan Sr. was replaced by another Ampatuan, Datu Modi who served for two years in that capacity.

During the 1988 local elections, Andal Ampatuan Sr. then served for ten years. In the 1998 elections, Andal Sr. was elected as governor.

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