maguindanao massacre – the government must pursue killers and punish them swiftly or else arroyo must resign
we are of the view that there is only one way the aftermath of the maguindanao massacre should go – swift, fair and thorough dispensation of justice and yes, punishment.
we think that should be the only way to go. if that is not done, the arroyo government must resign.
Speaker: Drop ‘political considerations’ in Maguindanao
By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 15:14:00 11/24/2009
MANILA, Philippines—House Speaker Prospero Nograles said on Tuesday Malacañang should “drop all political considerations” in its probe of the Maguindanao massacre to determine the culprit behind the killing of civilians and journalists.
“This is already beyond political alliances. I still cannot imagine how a man can be so brutal and cold-blooded in employing violence just to achieve one’s political end. It is really unbelievable,” Nograles said in a statement.
The Mindanao lawmaker said “the effort to identify the culprits, particularly the masterminds, should be done swiftly but with cold objectivity and all partisan considerations, including their political alliances should be set aside.”
Nograles urged the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to beef up security in Maguindanao and avert more violence in the province. “The AFP and the PNP should now step up efforts to disarm private armed groups (PAGs) in Mindanao,” said the Speaker.
He warned that any further vacillation by government could allow a full-blown clan war or rido to erupt.
Senators dare Arroyo: Go after Ampatuans
MANILA – Outraged senators on Tuesday challenged President Arroyo to go after her political allies, the Ampatuans, who have been tagged in the massacre of at least 22 people, including women, in Maguindanao on Monday.
Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said authorities should take in for questioning Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. amid indications that the Ampatuans may have been involved in the killing of members of the rival Mangudadatu clan and a number of journalists.
“From the reports reaching me, it looks like some members of the militia under the control of the Ampatuans were involved in the killings,” said Pimentel. “We cannot allow this dastardy act to go unpunished.”
Pimentel said he received reports Gov. Ampatuan was in Manila and suggested he be taken in for questioning.
“I am suggesting that Governor Andal be detained as a material witness considering there are indications that the men involved (in the massacre) were militiamen of Andal,” Pimentel pointed out.
However, it appeared later that it was Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanano (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, Andal’s older son, who was at a meeting in Malacañang.
Still, Pimentel was doubtful if the President would go after he own political allies who delivered votes to the administration in the 2004 and 2007 elections.
“We know that Governor Andal is very close to the President. He makes it a habit to kiss the President’s hands and kilig na kilig naman si Presidente,” Pimentel said. “But it’s about time the rule of law is upheld. We must show that even in the Moro area, crime does not pay.”