• The horror: Our national shame continues

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    I’m afraid the photos published the other day of the demonstration led by the National Press Club and the National Union of Journalists protesting the snail pace of justice for victims of the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre do not quite remind the nation of how horrific that crime was.

    These do not quite shock us to the reality that five years of hearings without a conviction bring us national shame. It is the biggest criminal negligence and incompetence of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, who has appeared so uninterested in bringing justice to the 58 people who died in the atrocity, including 34 journalists.

    Aquino has not even bothered to say anything, or issue an official statement — other than a comment by the deputy presidential spokesperson — on the fifth anniversary of the massacre.

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    The Nov. 23, 2009 massacre at Ampatuan town, Maguindanao. Inset, Andal Ampatuan, Sr. and Jr. who allegedly ordered the killings.

    Aquino could mobilize resources, even violate the Constitution to raise the bribe funds to do what had seemed impossible: the removal of Chief Justice Renato Corona and the incarceration of three prominent senators.

    Yet he is deliberately impotent in hastening the conviction of the alleged perpetrators, led by two provincial warlords Andal Ampatuan Sr. — whose rise to power starting in 1986 was due to Cory Aquino’s patronage — and his son Andal Jr.

    Or has Aquino’s hands been tied when his operators got Ampatuan Sr.’s long-time assistant and Maguindanao provincial administrator Norie Unas to be the sole witness against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the electoral-sabotage case brought against her, which has kept her detained for four years now?

    Unas was, in fact, the sole witness against Arroyo. And what did he “witness?” That he “overheard” Arroyo asking Ampatuan to have her 12 senators win in the 2004 elections! He “overheard” her even above the din of more than 50 guests conversing as they were making their way out of the dinner hall. Did he overhear her telling Ampatuan to cheat? No, just that she told him to have her 12 senators win.

    Unas, according to Ismail Mangudadatu – whose wife and two sisters were among those killed – was part of Ampatuan’s inner circle that planned the massacre. Remember the tractor backhoe in photos of the massacre at the crime site? It was Unas who ordered it deployed, according to Mangudadatu, so the victims’ bodies could be quickly buried to evade detection.

    Or is it because of some depraved idea in Aquino’s mind that he isn’t doing anything about the massacre since it happened during Arroyo’s watch, and therefore, he doesn’t want to have anything to do with it?

    I end my words here, to give space to photos of that massacre, more powerful in conveying how horrendous that crime was, and that this President has not really lifted a finger to bring justice to the victims.

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    The tractor backhoe provincial administrator Unas allegedly ordered deployed so the bodies could be buried quickly.

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    Two of the 14 female victims, four of whom were journalists. The sister and aunt of Mangudadatu, who was the target of the attack, were pregnant.

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    Some of the victims’ bodies were buried in shallow graves, together with their vehicles.

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    1. I have done this a zillion times but I will do it again… I would like to dedicate a protest song of the 70s, by the THE WHO, entitled WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN to all Filipinos especially those who will vote.

    2. The Maguindanao massacre which is a national shame is only a SHAME for those who have conscience. That is the difference between humans and animals. The others who don’t give a s##t and those who listen to them can not be called human beings.

    3. …and what about the voluminous cache of high powered fire arms and ammunition in the possession of the ampatuans? Are there cases filed against officers in PNP and/or the AFP responsible? Seems all is ‘quite in the western front’ on this matter.

    4. Isnt there is a similarity of massacres that has been taking place in Hacienda Luisita, and the Mendiola massacre which remains unresolved and therefore what can we expect from this President. nothing.

    5. within hours, president arroyo declared an emergency in maguindanao to bring out the marines, bottle up the armed partisans of ampatuan, averted further bloodshed and arrested the principals. less than decisive action or noynoying at that time would have been fatal, especially to the unarmed non-partisans.

    6. PESTE. THE LAWS ARE IN PLACE, IT EVAPORATES WHEN IT COMES TO ENFORCEMENT – THE SAYING GOES, ‘MAY KATAPAT ANG LAHAT’, SALAPI LANG IYAN!!! GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES, KAHIT A CATHOLIC COUNTRY, HINDI KAYA NG DIYOS ANG MGA GANID……… LUCIFER WINS IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD.

    7. Father mother son of them have been the curse of the country. And as long as these Aquino clan are around these country is definitely a ‘BASKET CASE’ they have cause more problems than solutions.

      • You surely cannot blame them, they were elected into office by emotional voters. The mother, capitalizing on the death of her husband, and the son, that of the mother.

    8. The delay is because some prosecutors want first to squeeze money from all the suspects left and right who wants to be acquitted or get a lighter sentence. A case in point it Norie Unas and Atty Cynthia Guiani Sayadi who successfully cleared their names using the money entrusted to them by Andal Ampatuan. Hundreds of millions exchange hands and until now more squeezing both by prosecutors and some defense lawyers .

    9. Are you suggesting that the president meddle in the affairs of the courts? If that’s what you’re thinking, just say so instead of beating around the bush!