International Blog--President of Philippines declares a state of emergency

The New York Times reported twenty-two more bodies were found in a grave Tuesday, making the total 46 killed in the violence surrounding the elections in the Philippines.  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took swift action in declaring a state of emergency in two provinces and one city known for its violence.

The turmoil surrounding the country's new election started Monday when around 50 civilians and journalists were abducted--now there are only a few bodies that have not been accounted for.

Along with the emergency declaration also comes expanded powers to government military and police.  "The government has to do what is necessary," said Jesus Dureza, a close adviser to Arroyo.

The Commission Rights and Reporters Without Borders both addressed the recent violence.  Reporters Without Borders said that there has never been a greater loss of life in one day for media.

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