Los Angeles Times

Manila

Filipino students stage a protest rally near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila to denounce the imposition of martial law in the southern province of Maguindanao. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo imposed martial law there on Saturday in response to a Nov. 23 politically motivated massacre that left 57 dead. It was the first time martial rule was declared in the country since the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos imposed it more than three decades ago. The Supreme Court has deferred its ruling on Arroyo's decision to impose martial law in Maguindanao.Francis R. Malasig / EPA
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