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maguindanao massacre: martial law may give the ampatuans free instead of gravest punishment

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment

we will be running a series of posts in this blog that will look into the governments action against the ampatuans in connection with the maguindanao massacre.

we will be picking up relevant quotations from news articles to collapse them into a whole.  

Rebellion can be a defense against murder charges.

Other senators warned that the imposition of martial law could exonerate the Ampatuans from their involvement in the massacre of 57 people in the province on Nov. 23 because of warrantless arrests and seizures.

Gordon said Congress’ endorsement of Presidential Proclamation No. 1959 would provide the perpetrators of the massacre with a way to escape the heavier penalty for murder by embracing the rebellion charges.

Rebellion charges carry lighter penalties, he noted.

Gordon said the government might be letting others get away with the worst crimes and the worst penalty by claiming that the Ampatuans were engaged in rebellion.

“The scope of martial law is sweeping, and if this issue gets buried over time, they can be pardoned for their rebellion,” Gordon said.

“Aren’t we making a mistake? … (A)s a lawyer, I know that if we declare martial law is valid, and the suspension of habeas corpus is valid, and even if we charge them with multiple murders, Mayor Ampatuan and his lawyer will say Congress has declared martial law as valid, therefore, we are rebels,” Gordon said.

“And because we are rebels, you can only charge us with rebellion,” the senator said.

“The government is bungling the case. The evidence seized illegally cannot be used against the Ampatuans. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the right against illegal searches and seizure is suspended,” he said.

Martial law does not suspend the Bill of Rights, Pangilinan said.

In a statement, the FSGO aired concerns that the steps being taken by the government under martial law might be “successfully challenged” in the Supreme Court and eventually “allow the murderers to go scot-free” on technicalities.

“While seemingly answering the public clamor for justice for the victims, the Arroyo administration may be laying the foundation for justice to be denied,” the FSGO said. “It was murder in Mindanao, not rebellion. Being staunch allies of the Arroyo administration, it is incredible for the Maguindanao leaders to go against that administration,” it said.

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what is the real reason for declaring martial law in maguindanao?

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

we are publishing here this news article in full. we think this is a very important topic. this is next in wawam! after hours.


Bernas warns of amnesty for Ampatuans

By Cathy C. Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:47:00 12/09/2009

MANILA, Philippines—A member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission Tuesday warned that the Ampatuans might be granted amnesty by the government should they be found guilty only of rebellion.

“Murder committed in pursuance of rebellion is not considered a separate crime and is therefore absorbed by the charge of rebellion. The government must take care to prove two separate offenses, that murder preceded the charge of rebellion and was not committed as part of it,” said Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ, a former dean of the Ateneo College of Law and a columnist of the Inquirer.

In an interview, Bernas noted that testimony gathered by investigators already included the confession of “a perpetrator who said the order given to them was to kill [the Mangudadatus]. There was no connection to rebellion [at that time].”

The government has arrested members of the Ampatuan clan of Maguindanao for the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people.

Witnesses have tagged Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. as the one who ordered the killings.

Mind testimonies

Bernas urged government prosecutors to pay attention to testimonies that the mayor had ordered the murders.

He noted that acting Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in her 20-page report to Congress, had alleged that rebellion was committed by the Ampatuans to justify the declaration of martial law in Maguindanao.

“Rebellion runs the risk of being granted amnesty, which can be pardoned by the President following final conviction,” said Bernas, who has been teaching criminal law since 1962.

Earlier, administration critics voiced fears that the rebellion charge against the Ampatuans might override the multiple murder charges stemming from the Maguindanao massacre.

“Murder done in pursuance of rebellion can then be absorbed in the rebellion charge. But if the murders were done separately, then these should be treated as a separate crime. If murder is committed before a rebellion, if it precedes the rebellion, it must be treated independently,” Bernas said.

Congress’ power

In the same interview, Bernas said Ms Arroyo was not allowed to extend the 60-day martial law declaration in Maguindanao without Congress’ consent.

He said Congress had the power to revoke martial law through a majority vote of the Senate and the House of Representatives voting jointly.

“Congress can also extend martial law if requested by the President, because [she] cannot do it on her own. If Congress wants to stop martial law, it can vote to do so. However, the Constitution is silent on how long Congress can extend martial law,” he said.

Memo To: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – fire Lorelei Fajardo, the Maguindanao Massacre aftermath

December 1, 2009 7 comments

dear ms. arroyo,

you may have not noticed it yet, but this must be one of the most shocking faux pax in philippine PR history – lorelei fajardo, your own deputy spokesperson just put as “friends” with the ampatuan family, today’s most hated family, evil personfied. the ampatuans are the primary suspects in one of the country’s most gruesome mass murder.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is maintaining her ties with the powerful Ampatuans despite their expulsion from the ruling party and the filing of multiple murder charges against one of them in connection with the Nov. 23 massacre of at least 57 people in Maguindanao province.

I don’t think the President’s friendship with the Ampatuans will be severed,” Lorelei Fajardo, her deputy spokesperson, told reporters Thursday in Filipino. “Just because they’re in this situation doesn’t mean we will turn our backs on them.”

spokespersons aside from being your voice to media are supposed to be good at turning negatives into at least neutral if not positive (“spin”) and /or putting you in a good light.

that statement of fajardo does not do any of it. in fact what it did was the exact opposite – it has associated you with the country’s biggest negative  in history and it put you in a very bad light.

mrs. president, fajardo just said you are friends with evil!

it is really very hard to understand why fajardo will ever think what she said was anything good in any way.

her intent was to uphold the value of “loyalty to friends”? to paint a picture of you as someone who sticks to her friends, no matter what.

while she was upholding loyalty to friendship, what about the value of human life, 57 of them allegedly taken by the ampatuans? what about torture, rape and the wholesale killings of the innocent? fajardo does not find these to be more important than “loyalty to friends”?

you are the president of the country, certainly the set of values or your priorities in life should always be biased towards our laws, the constitution and what is best for the greater good.

what fajordo said is the exact opposite of what you are supposed to be. in its most bare essence, her job is supposed to be good things if not great things; good vibes if not admiration and what sounds right if not what is right. fajardo did not do any of that in her statement.

now we are wondering what is lorelei fajardo’s job when she said that? is her job (a) to spin what is bad into at least neutral if not good or (b) is she being true to her role as your spokesperson.

what we have written here so far is on the first one, letter (a).  so we now ask – did fajardo say the real you?

we would strongly recommend that you fire lorelei fajardo from her job before she causes you more damage. the saying – “with friends like fajardo, who needs enemies?”

sincerely yours, 


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The 30 media martyrs of Maguindanao

November 30, 2009 1 comment

Thirty, and not just 27, reporters and media workers were killed in a manner brutal beyond description in Maguindanao province on Nov. 23.

Another journalist, Jolito Evardo of UNTV General Santos City, had not yet been accounted for as of press time.

The 30 media workers comprised more than half of the 57 confirmed fatalities of what is now known as the Maguindanao Massacre, according to a list compiled and verified by the humanitarian and fact-finding mission of the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ), a network of independent media organizations, including the PCIJ.

As verified by the mission, the complete list of the 30 “media martyrs” of Maguindanao is as follows:

  1. Adolfo, Benjie—Gold Star Daily, Koronadal City
  2.  Araneta, Henry—radio dzRH, General Santos City
  3.  Arriola, Mark Gilbert “Mac-Mac”—UNTV, General Santos
  4.  Bataluna, Rubello—Gold Star Daily, Koronadal
  5.  Betia, Arturo—Periodico Ini, General Santos
  6.  Cabillo, Romeo Jimmy—Midland Review, Tacurong City
  7.  Cablitas, Marites—News Focus, General Santos
  8.  Cachuela, Hannibal—Punto News, Koronadal
  9.  Caniban, John—Periodico Ini, General Santos
  10.   Dalmacio, Lea—Socsargen News, General Santos
  11.   Decina, Noel—Periodico Ini, General Santos
  12.   Dela Cruz, Gina—Saksi News, General Santos
  13.   Dohillo, Eugene—UNTV, General Santos
  14.   Duhay, Jhoy—Gold Star Daily, Tacurong
  15.   Gatchalian, Santos—dxGO, Davao City
  16.   Legarte, Bienvenido Jr.—Prontiera News, Koronadal
  17.   Lupogan, Lindo—Mindanao Daily Gazette, Davao City
  18.   Maravilla, Ernesto “Bart”—Bombo Radyo, Koronadal
  19.   Merisco, Rey—Periodico Ini, Koronadal
  20.   Momay, Reynaldo “Bebot”—Midland Review, Tacurong
  21.    Montaño, Marife “Neneng”—Saksi News, General Santos
  22.    Morales, Rosell—News Focus, General Santos
  23.   Nuñez, Victor—UNTV, General Santos
  24.   Perante, Ronnie—Gold Star Daily correspondent, Koronadal
  25.   Parcon, Joel—Prontiera News, Koronadal
  26.   Razon, Fernando “Rani”—Periodico Ini, General Santos
  27.   Reblando, Alejandro “Bong”—Manila Bulletin, General Santos
  28.   Salaysay, Napoleon—Mindanao Gazette, Cotabato City
  29.   Subang, Ian—Socsargen Today, General Santos
  30.   Teodoro, Andres “Andy”—Central Mindanao Inquirer, Tacurong

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maguindanao massacre: backhoe operator is named – Hanid Delayudin

November 27, 2009 4 comments

this man, HANID DELAYUDIN, reportedly the backhoe operator is of particular interest to us. i think the backhoe operator in this mass murder crime is one of the most evil among them.

he was tasked to hide the evidence and proceeded to dig earth and bury the dead, including the vehicles the victims rode in.

i know this is being asked of all the killers, but i think this question has special meaning for this man – how could he have done what he did?

how can a man with a soul scoop up 57 dead bodies and bury them? did he think it was part of his job, just another day at work? how much was he paid to do his job during the day? is there a price that can compensate for such a task?

we hope the authorities catch up with him very soon. we would like to know how he looks like. we want to see his eyes to see for ourselves the eyes of evil.

Backhoe operator in Maguindanao massacre named
By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 16:01:00 11/27/2009

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Police identified Friday the supposed operator of the backhoe found at the crime scene that was reportedly used to dig shallow graves for the more than 50 victims of the carnage in Maguindanao province.

Senior Superintendent Ericson Velasquez, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detective Division, identified the operator as Hanid Delayudin, who remains missing as of this time.

Based on their interview with Engineer Landap Gunaid, the provincial engineer of Maguindanao, Velasquez said Delayudin failed to report to work on Tuesday, a day after the killings.

Because of this, Delayudin, a regular employee at the provincial engineer’s office, is now considered a suspect, Devanadera said.

“He was the assigned operator of the backhoe for that day. He has a lot to explain. Malaki ang maitutulong niya kung lulutang siya at magpapaliwanag kung bakit andun ang backhoe niya [He will be a great help if he will surface to explain why his backhoe was there],” Velasquez told reporters.

Based on records of the Maguindanao provincial engineer’s office, the backhoe found at the crime scene has been issued out since November 4 for a project in the area and was supposed to be returned on November 20, a Friday. The killings happened on Monday.

maguindanao massacre – the evil done to the victims, how the victims were tortured and killed

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

“Even the private parts of the women were shot at. It was horrible. It was not done to just one. It was done practically to all the women,” Devanadera said on GMA Network.

“The zippers of their pants were all undone. We have yet to determine whether they were raped. But it is certain that something bad was done to them.”

The group was massacred in a mountainous area, said “Boy,” adding that all the slain women were raped, and the journalists who were part of the convoy, also killed so that no one would talk about the incident.

“Boy” said the whole process lasted little more than an hour before they abruptly abandoned the scene following a warning that members of the military were nearby, the report added.

“We didn’t get to finish, which is why the excavator was left there,” he said. “Someone called and said soldiers were on their way. I feel they have connections among the soldiers.”

maguindanao massacre – the bullshit shoved in our mouths or do they really think we are all idiots? read here BS #2 – both ampatuans and mangudadatus are allies

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

no, we are not referring to the gruesome and evil pictures of the victims of the maguindanao massacre. those pictures are a reality that we must all see to keep reminding us that we need to be strong and we need to stay with it until we get justice for the victims. it is only right that we all puke out of seeing those pictures or she tears or offer a prayer for the victims. every puke we do, every tear and every prayer we say will get us closer to pushing the philippine government to finish the job they are mandated to do and the cry of all citizens – make the arrests, get them to court and punish them!

the bullshit that we see being shoved into our mouths are the things we read in the newspapers as to what the government is saying and doing. well, they are not doing much to solve the crime but they are actually doing and saying a lot in shoving BS into our mouths.

we will expose it here and i think after you read them, you will ask the question – do they really think we are all idiots?

read and tell us what you think.

bullshit  #2: “the ampatuans and the mangudadatus are both allies of the president“.  that is malacanang’s standard answer to the question – is malacanang treating the suspects, the alampuans who are known allies and supporters of arroyo with favor?

that answer is an answer devised by a PR practitioner or a crisis management expert. malacanang is on crisis management mode. the role of the crisis management expert or consultant is to devise strategies part of which is crafting answers to questions.

that answer to that question was said by two malacanang officials – cerge remonde on CNN and ermita in a separate interview. it is obvious that the crisis management consultant has coined the answer.

the intent of the answer is to deflect the question, make it appear like they are answering the question but in truth they are not but it has the effect of the issue being put down to rest by the interviewer. it succeeded on that point of view as the interviewers no longer pursued the point after the answer was given.

that is BS #2 they shoved in our mouths. let us know and post your comments – do they really think we are all idiots?  


maguindanao massacre – how the victims were killed

November 26, 2009 10 comments

we thought for a long time whether we should start this post. we ended up deciding, yes we need to do a post like this. we think its important for all of us to understand what happened during the magindanao massacre so that it will strengthen our desire to not let this pass.

we are hoping that if we understand what happened, we will understand better why we must persist and demand justice for the victims from the philippine government.

Esmael Mangudadatu Jr :

My wife’s private parts were slashed four times, after which they fired a bullet into it,” he added.”They speared both of her eyes, shot both her breasts, cut off her feet, fired into her mouth. I could not begin to describe the manner by which they treated her.”

They were shot at close range, some with their hands tied behind their backs, and dumped or buried in shallow graves on a remote farming road close to a town bearing the Ampatuan name.

“It’s difficult to take what had happened to my brother. Only animals can do such a cruel act. Justice is all we need,” Allan said.

Bal’s body was riddled with bullets in the head, stomach and leg.

Five of the convoy’s blood-spattered and bullet-riddled vehicles were found on Monday alongside an unpaved farm road near many of the bodies, said Chief Superintendent Felicisimo Khu, the top police forensics official on the scene.

The final car was also found close by on Wednesday in a hastily dug grave alongside 11 freshly discovered bodies, Khu said.

But police also unearthed a sedan and a second van, neither of which was part of the convoy and which were owned by residents of the area who had no affiliation to the politicians or journalists, according to Khu.

“The car and the second van were not part of the convoy,” Khu said. “They just happened to drive past.”

A few kilometers off the main highway, on a remote hilltop covered with waist-high grass, bodies lay with twisted hands reaching in the air. They had been shot point-blank.

Nearby, cadavers were being laid out under banana leaves on Tuesday as police—their faces covered against the stench—unearthed a mass grave containing 22 victims from Monday’s ambush on an election caravan.

Police, aided by a backhoe, worked most of Tuesday to extricate the bodies from the mass grave. All had been shot multiple times and were dumped on top of one another. One was a pregnant woman.

“Anyone from the Mangudadatu clan – women or children – should be killed… We don’t ask why, we just followed orders,” the witness who identified himself as “Boy” told Al-Jazeera correspondent Marga Ortigas in an interview posted on the network’s website Thursday.

“Boy” said that the orders came directly from Andal Ampatuan Jr., Datu Unsay mayor, and whose family was also an ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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Maguindanao Massacre – your message to President Arroyo & the philippine govrnment

November 26, 2009 8 comments

messages for president arroyo is starting to appear in this blog. we are starting this post where you can post your messages that you want president arroyo and others in the philippine government to read. we will be posting them here in the main post as we receive them.

Gem Myck:
madam President please please lang kumilos naman kayo…di yung tago ka ng tago sa palasyo mo o di kaya pa iba-ibang bansa ka pa..ano ganyan nlang ba yang ampatuan masaker…kawawa naman yung mga kamag anak ng biktima dito …ehhh kung sa inyo mangyari tong karahasan na to…God Bless nlang sa mga Mangudadatu…

Dear Ampatuan Family,





jasper santos:
Mahal na Pangulong GMA ano po nangyayari sa ating bansa, Amputa!

more maguindanao massacre photos – justice for the victims!

November 26, 2009 87 comments

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Esmael Mangudadatu Jr :

My wife’s private parts were slashed four times, after which they fired a bullet into it,” he added.”They speared both of her eyes, shot both her breasts, cut off her feet, fired into her mouth. I could not begin to describe the manner by which they treated her.”

read more here: how the maguindanao massacre victims were killed – gruesome and evil

sources: BBC, PDI anf other news media outlets.

maguindanao massacre photos – we grieve, we are ashamed, we will not let this pass

November 25, 2009 128 comments

we are publishing photos of the maguindanao massacre here to remind ourselves of what evil in men can do to others and why we should all make a stand and demand that our government find justice for the victims swiftly and comprehensively.

we should not let this pass.

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Esmael Mangudadatu Jr :

My wife’s private parts were slashed four times, after which they fired a bullet into it,” he added.”They speared both of her eyes, shot both her breasts, cut off her feet, fired into her mouth. I could not begin to describe the manner by which they treated her.”

read more here: how the maguindanao massacre victims were killed – gruesome and evil

photo sources from the newswires from the internet – AP, xinxua and other media organizations.

the Maguindanao Massacre – “GMA dared: Get Ampatuans”. why do we even have to dare arroyo? isn’t that her job?

November 25, 2009 5 comments

from what i remember, the job of president of this country has with it the responsibility, in fact the sworn duty to uphold the constitution and to apply the laws of the land. some of these she does not do herself, but she has the power and the duty to get it done through others in her government.

if that is so, why do we even have to dare president arroyo to do her job? why do we need to ask the president of this country to do her job? doesn’t she know her job?

the answer to those questions, we need to look at how we see gloria macapagal arroyo as our president.

before that, just want to point out this dare for arroyo to do her job is coming both from the opposition and her allies like speaker of the house nograles and even presidentiable gilbert teodoro.

everyone it seems is daring  arroyo to do the right thing, to do what is not only  moral but also what is lawful and a fulfillment of her duty of a president – to uphold and apply the law equally to all, to both her opponents in politics and her allies in politics.

the answers to those questions come from how we view arroyo as our president – she is a president who by experience and history we know as someone we cannot trust, as someone who will not do what is moral, what is right and who we cannot depend on doing what is lawful. arroyo to us is a president who has a habit of serving her self interest and will do anything, right or wrong just to serve her own personal political interest.

those are the reasons why citizens like us and politicians and government officials, both her allies and her opponents feel a strong need to dare arroyo to do her job and to do what is right.

we are not only asking arroyo, we are even daring her. it is that desperate and it is that much loss in trust and faith in arroyo’s presidency.

in other times and in other countries, citizens find comfort that their government and leaders will do the right thing most specially in cases like maguindanao massacre. in out case with arroyo, we need to dare her to do the right thing.

it is a very sad day for all of us filipinos not only because of the horror and barbarism of the maguindanao massacre but also because of how we view our own president.





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