WE are writing you to seek help for our poor and troubled place Maguindanao. Already notorious for the Maguindanao Massacre, our place gained more notoriety for the SAF 44 Massacre!
But what the media headlines fail to capture is the daily suffering and deaths by war, rebellion and starvation suffered by the hapless people of Maguindanao. Year after year, government economic data rate Maguindanao as among the country’s poorest provinces. Yet nothing much is being done about it by the national and local government.
On the local front, we see our local officials led by Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu and brothers Maguindanao Rep. Sajid Mangudadatu, Maguindanao Provincial Administrator Ibrahim “Jong” Mangudadatu, Maguindanao Assemblyman to ARMM Khadefeeh “Toy” Mangudadatu, son Buluan, Maguindanao Vice Mayor King Jhazzer Mangudadatu etc. getting richer while their constituents get poorer by the day.
In our province, we see the close to 30 Mangudadatu clan members in government not only parading but flying around to showcase their wealth with a R44 Raven II and two other helicopters, each costing P25 million to P40 million.
For a province where almost half of the population live below the poverty line (http://pcij.org/stories/maguindanaos-misery-absentee-officials-absence-of-rage-poverty/), the Mangudadatus and their local government allies move around in P7-million Hummer SUVs, expensive SUVs, multi-million motorcycles; and pricey all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
And as the government places Maguindano in a State of Calamity due to the military operations and drought, the Mangudadatu Clan can afford to shamelessly and without tinge of guilt post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites their princely lives as if to show they don’t care or are not bothered by the massacre, deaths and suffering all around.
We are sending you some of their posts for you to see their callous display of wealth in view of the misery and tragedy all around the Maguindanao Province. Does our anti-graft law – Republic Act 6713 (“Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees”) – not demand that officials in government officials and their families to “lead modest lives appropriate to their positions and income” and not to “indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form”?
1.) Young couple with helicopter. They are Buluan, Maguindanao Vice Mayor King Jhazzer Mangudadatu – eldest son of Gov. Toto — and his wife Jacky Tan Mangudadatu.
2.) Jacky Tan Mangudadatu about to board the family’s Hummer vehicle.
3.) Man with cap in R44 Raven II helicopter of Buluan, Maguindanao Vice Mayor King Jhazzer and his siblings, who are children of Maguindanao Gov. Toto
4.) Man in BMW motorcycle costing P1.5 million is ARMM Assemblyman (representing Maguindanao ) Khadafeeh “Toy” Mangudadatu, brother of Gov. M
We beg you to do something about this matter to get the Office of the Ombudsman and appropriate government agencies to investigate the source of wealth of our officials if only to give meaning and context to what is happening in a province where 34 journalists were killed and 44 members of the PNP’s Special Action Force gave up their lives.
The faith of the people of Maguindanao rests in your hands. Please help us.
Lastly, we apologize for not coming out with our true identities for fear of our lives.
The Suffering People of Maguindanao
Emailed by Adeeb Limbutungan