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96 million people
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Two years ago today, in the southern Philippines province of Maguindanao, 100 armed guards overtook a civilian convoy and executed the passengers in what has become known as the Maguindanao massacre.

Journalist Niel Jimena- host of radio show “Judge”- was shot dead in the Philippines on August 22 while riding his motorcycle, according to the police. There is no clear motive in Jimena’s killing, though it most likely is linked to his criticism of local officials on his radio show. Shortly before his death, he reportedly was threatened by a local politician for remarks remarks on his radio show.

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