The prime suspect in a massacre that left 57 dead pleaded his innocence as he was taken into custody. The president’s ex-ally, Ampatuan Jnr, told reporters there was "no truth" in reports accusing him of masterminding the election-linked carnage.
A political ally of Philippine president Gloria Arroyo has been named as the prime suspect in an election-related massacre of 57 people, increasing public pressure on the government to swiftly arrest the perpetrators.
A political ally of Philippine president Gloria Arroyo has been named as the prime suspect in an election-related massacre of 52 people. Local police have pointed the finger at Andal Ampatuan Jnr, a member of the ruling Lakas Kampi CMD coalition.
Twenty-one local politicians and journalists abducted by gunmen linked to a powerful politician in southern Philippines have been found dead, according to the region's military chief Major General Alfredo Cayton.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Manila on Thursday to strengthen cooperation in the fight against Abu Sayyaf militants. US Special Forces have been stationed in the country to train Filipino troops for the past eight years.