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Hope of justice after Philippines massacre

Authorities in the southern Philippines say they have defused five roadside bombs near the site of the the Maguindanao massacre - the worst case of political violence in Philippine history.

Members of the powerful Ampatuan clan are currently on trial accused of murdering 57 people in 2009.

But the pace of this criminal trial is frustratingly slow, so the victims' relatives are also filing a number of civil cases, the latest of which targets the former President Gloria Arroyo and claims she could have prevented the killings.

Kate McGeown reports from Manila.

  • 23 Nov 2011