Reporting Colorado-Style Shooting Unlikely In Philippines Belies Brutal Reality

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USA –-( Philippine police say mass shootings similar to the one at the Aurora, Colo., theater are unlikely due to the nation’s strict gun control laws, reported Saturday.

“Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman, Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., said the Philippines has stringent measures regulating the sale of firearms,” the story reports. “He added that it is unusual in Filipino culture to engage in such violent activity.”

What Chief Superintendent Cerbo and the reporters for the news division of the Phillipines-based global media conglomerate who are taking his claims at face value don’t mention is the Maguindanao Massacre, committed less than three years ago, when mass graves containing 57 bodies, were found. Unarmed victims of an ambush were shot or taken hostage for execution as their convoy was going to file a political challenge against Andal Ampatuan, Jr., the son of an incumbent governor seeking to succeed his father, and who was subsequently arrested and held for trial until the Department of Justice dropped charges citing insufficient evidence (see sidebar video).

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9 years ago

Of course all similar incidents in the philippines have involved machine-guns and hand grenades and sometimes were carried out by police or government troops.