By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO
In this Q&A, Esmael Mangudadatu, vice mayor of Buluan town, Maguindanao, talks about the Ampatuan massacre and how the Ampatuans ruled the province. “They made business out of the votes. They extorted money out of the senatorial candidates who were campaigning in Maguindanao by selling votes to them,” he said. He also wished that there would be no whitewash in the case against them.
And this impunity would not end for as long as Arroyo wields power whether as president, congresswoman, or prime minister. Impunity would also persist if Arroyo’s clone cum anointed one, Gilbert Teodoro, emerges the winner in the presidential elections by some stroke of luck, especially of the Garci kind.
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
The failure of investigators to secure the crime scene, the apparent contamination of forensic evidence, and the weak rebellion case filed against the perpetrators have led people to believe that there is a high probability that the Ampatuan clan would walk away with the murder of 57 people, even as the case has generated a strong international concern.
By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO The Ampatuans’ rise to the peak of political power was in no small part due to their ties with the military. In a most ironic twist, the military proposed the extension of martial law in Maguindanao until the 2010 elections purportedly to teach the Ampatuans “how to run peaceful and credible elections.”
When it comes to human rights and democracy, the Arroyo government never fails to provide ironies.
By LYN V. RAMO Bulatlat.com QUEZON CITY – Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared Martial Law in Maguindanao to conceal the pieces of evidence that she cheated her way to the presidency in the May 2004 polls, according to indigenous peoples and the Bangsa Moro peoples of Mindanao. “She could not admit the fact that it was…
Critics Slam Martial Law as Ruse, Cover-Up
By AYI MUALLAM
On Wednesday, hundreds of Filipino journalists and activists, along with several of their colleagues from other countries, marched to Mendiola to mark the “Global Day of Action Against Impunity.” The journalists and activists demanded an end to impunity and blamed the Arroyo regime for the rash of killings of activists and journalists nationwide. Listen now