A Walk In the Sun
Dean Jorge Bocobo describes how a massive force of cops unsuccessfully attempted to serve 130 arrest warrants "for suspects in the ambush killing, torture and beheadings of 14 Philippine Marines" by the Abu Sayyaf and its allies. It's black comedy in the inimitable Philippine fashion.
Aside from "old women and young boys" the crime scene was said to be deserted except of course for the elements of Malacanang's newly formed tripartite investigating committee ... who were there ahead of the police and waving them off to go back home...they need 24 more hours to tie up the loose ends of their own "independent fact finding" committee, which investigation started last Friday after the President's command conference with them in Zamboanga, far, far away.
Just behead me already!
Meanwhile, Dr. Nando Barandino, medico-legal expert of the PNP in Basilan, and a former captive of the Abu Sayyaf, reports that at least two of the fourteen dead Marines showed signs of torture before they were beheaded during the autopsy he performed on them. He makes the strongest case for an end to this savagery, by recalling the sad recent history of decapitation on Basilan.