Posts Tagged ‘maguindanao massacre’

teodoro’s performance during the ondoy/pepeng floods and maguindanao massacre failed to help in his election bid

January 5, 2010 1 comment

— this is next in 2010 Presidentiables—

groups oppose martial law in maguindanao – martial law has no basis

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

we are printing here the voices of many groups who are opposed to the declaration of martial law im maguindanao. many of these groups are saying martial law was an over-kill, unnecessary with the country having enough laws to achieve the stated goals and it has no legal basis.

“The official, unanimous position is we see no legal and factual basis for martial law,” De Lima told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a text message, following an emergency meeting by the CHR commissioners en banc Sunday morning.

De Lima said the CHR’s opposition to President Macapagal-Arroyo’s martial rule in the province was “because of its serious repercussions on the human rights situation in the area.”

read in full here: CHR chief sees no legal basis for martial law

The outspoken rector of the Bacolod Diocese’s San Sebastian Cathedral called on the Filipino people to stand up and oppose President Macapagal-Arroyo’s declaration of martial law in Maguindanao because it would set a dangerous precedent for the entire nation.

“President Gloria Arroyo is person obsessed and addicted to power, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so martial law in her hands is very dangerous,” Fr. Felix Pasquin said.

There is no legal basis for the President to declare martial law, and it is also immoral,” Pasquin said, adding that it was an overreaction to the situation in Maguindanao.

read in full here: Priest slams Arroyo’s martial law


The Supreme Court disputed the government’s contention that the court system in Maguindanao was no longer functioning, one of the stated reasons for declaring martial law in the Central Mindanao province.

Lawyers, lawyers’ groups, Church prelates and the Commission on Human Rights also disputed whether the constitutional basis for declaring martial law—invasion or rebellion—was present in the Maguindanao situation.

Midas Marquez, the high court’s deputy administrator and spokesperson, said the cases involving the Maguindanao massacre that were filed before the Cotabato courts were moving forward.

He said it was the search warrants issued by the Kidapawan Regional Trial Court that made possible the police raids on the residences of Ampatuan family members, the suspected perpetrators of the massacre.

“This is far from a picture of a non-performing judicial system,” said Marquez.

read in full here: Supreme Court: No basis for martial law

Senators Benigno Aquino III, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Jamby Madrigal and Francis Pangilinan separately questioned the President’s action which, Malacañang had said, was needed to quell a “rebellion in the offing” by forces loyal to the powerful Arroyo ally, the Ampatuan clan.

In a press conference late Saturday afternoon, Senators Aquino and Mar Roxas, the Liberal Party’s presidential and vice presidential candidates in 2010, said they were prepared to challenge the declaration of martial law before the Supreme Court.

read in full here: Senators oppose Arroyo’s martial law proclamation

teodoro defends kid gloves handling of ampatuans

November 26, 2009 4 comments

teodoro shows his true color here.


Teodoro defends govt’s handling of Ampatuans 
By Katherine Evangelista
First Posted 11:07:00 11/26/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Presidential aspirant Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. on Thursday defended the government’s alleged kid’s glove treatment of the Ampatuans who are allegedly behind the gruesome massacre of at least 57 people in Maguindanao.

In a press briefing held at Serrano Elementary School in Valenzuela, Teodoro said that while the public wants a swift resolution to the case, security authorities must be allowed do their job.

When asked if he agrees with how President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is dealing with the Ampatuan clan, known avid supporters of the administration who delivered landslide votes to administration candidates in 2004 and 2007 elections, Teodoro did not answer directly but said that the public should understand the situation.

“We have no choice but to let investigating authorities do their job. Micromanaging may lead to mistakes,” Teodoro said.

maguindanao massacre – the government must pursue killers and punish them swiftly or else arroyo must resign

November 24, 2009 2 comments

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.”

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