Today is a sad day for Mindanao.  At least 21 people, including 13 women, lay dead—some of them beheaded and others raped and mutilated, authorities said.  The victims were in the group that included some 20 other women supporters, accompanied by over 30 journalists.  They were tasked by Vice Mayor Ishmael “Toto” Mangundadatu to file his certificate of candidacy as governor of Maguindanao in the provincial office of the Commission on Elections in Shariff Aguak town when the massacre happened on Monday.  His wife, Genalyn and two sisters, Eden and Farina were among the dead.  One of the media personalities who was with the group was Bong Reblando. He was a correspondent for the Manila Bulletin. He is my friend.  I grieve not only for Bong and the rest of the victims and their families.  I grieve for Mindanao.  I grieve for the Philippines.  Tama na.  Sobra na. Dismantle all private armies.

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