I was shocked to see this on the news last night.
Regardless of whether this is true or not, I was glad that the media did not play the ethnicity/religion card this time. Could the media have matured already?
Maranaos, and other Filipino muslims in general, have worked long and hard for mainstream acceptance. Veiled women can now wear their headresses in public without fear of people giving them the stink-eye. Even recent advertisements on TV now try hard to include muslim minorities when the ads feature people of the Philippines.
It's good that there was no emphasis on the Pangandamans being muslims or Maranaos. I remember cringing and waiting for the mention of either 'M' words, and I was relieved that it did not happen. It was just a case of a mayor and his bodyguards allegedly beating up a father-son pair.
Here is the link: http://vicissitude-decidido.blogspot.com/2008/12/world-is-fucked-up.html
And read the comments here: http://www.ellentordesillas.com/?p=3700
And here: http://www.quezon.ph/2104/impunity-2/#comment-1006063