‘ONLY DEATH CAN STOP ME’
Four days after the mass murder Ismail Manguladatu is escorted by a large force of police and military to file his candidacy papers. The elections first victim of clan and warlord crimes, this being the out come of a very dangerous political, well really gang vendetta, at the very start of the 2010 election campaign.
Buluan Vice Mayor Ismail Mangudadatu, whose wife and relatives were among 57 people massacred in Maguindanao in an apparent bid to stop him from running for governor, filed his candidacy yesterday for the election.
"Only death can stop me from running," said Mangudadatu, escorted by soldiers, a police commander and a senior army general.
He submitted his documents to the Commission on Elections in Maguindanao’s capital of Sharrif Aguak.
His caravan of more than 50 vehicles took the same road where his wife, two sisters, supporters and journalists were stopped and killed Monday and their bodies dumped in mass graves.
About 300 policemen and soldiers escorted him.
Chief Superintendent Felicisimo Khu, deputy director for operations of the PNP in Region 12, was assigned as ground commander of Ampatuan town, helped secure Mangudadatu’s convoy.
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