June 1 - Patriarch of a powerful clan in the southern Philippines appears in court charged with ordering the massacre of his political rivals and journalists. Nick Rowlands reports.
Security is tight at a special court inside a Manila jail. Andal Ampatuan Sr., dressed in yellow and surrounded by guards, is patriarch of a powerful clan in the south of the country. He is accused of ordering his son to lead dozens of gunmen in an attack on a convoy of his political rivals one and a half years ago. 57 people, including 30 journalists accompanying the convoy, were gunned down before being buried in a large pit. The mother of a 24-year-old TV news editor killed in the massacre sobbed as she heard Ampatuan Sr.'s plea of "not guilty". (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) MOTHER OF MASSACRE VICTIM, JULIET EVARDO: "It seems like my heartache is coming back. How could he do it? The journalists did nothing wrong." 57 suspects have been arraigned out of 88 in police custody, but 50 others are still at large, and there are concerns potential witnesses might be attacked. The crime raised indignation about powerful politicians with private armies. The case will reflect how well the Philippines president follows through with his vow to fix the justice system. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.