Security forces have named Andal Ampatuan Jr., a close ally of President Gloria Arroyo, as a suspect in the massacre of his political rivals and many others in the southern island of Mindanao earlier this week. This is placing pressure on Arroyo to carry through with a case involving an ally no matter what. In the attack gunmen surrounded and then shot a convoy of supporters of rival Ismael Mangudadatu as they were en route to register his candidacy for upcoming provincial elections. The death toll has now reached 57. For more, read the Christian Science Monitor
Some firing squads are all issued with blank cartridges with the exception of one person. This helps alleviate personal responsibility for the execution squad.