|| The bullet-riddled bodies of 24 people were found buried in shallow graves yesterday in a remote farming area of Maguindanao province, adding to the 22 corpses police had already discovered on Monday that had been dumped along a dirt road. Local officials said the victims, including 14 women and several journalists, were shot at close range and then hurriedly piled on top of one another in a pit dug up with a bulldozer.
And there were warnings that the death toll was only likely to rise. “We still have to check one other suspected mass grave,” the national police chief Jesus Verzosa told local reporters while inspecting the area. As grieving relatives took away the their loved ones’ bodies for burial, troops were looking for 40 people still missing, using shovels and their bare