Maguindanao Massacre, Let there be Justice!

I don’t know what kind of people are those who perpetrated the senseless killing of women and innocent victims. I don’t know if those people who killed journalists whose only reason to be there was to inform the public have hearts and soul? They could do things more than what the devil could do; rape and kill women just to sow fear and send a message to their political rivals–don’t go against us.

Politics, political rivalry nothing else is the reason behind the Maguindanao Massacre according to media practitioners, political analysts, law enforcers, and ordinary citizens. Why?

A portion from report yesterday has this to say:

Buluan vice mayor Ismael “Toto” Mangudadatu told ANC that his wife, Jenn, his sister, and some relatives were on their way to file a certificate of candidacy on his behalf when a group of about 100 armed men abducted them.

Mangudadatu, who is running for governor of Maguindanao, said some 15 media men who went to cover the event were also seized.

The Mangudadatus believe the abduction was politically motivated. Madaser “Toy” Mangudadato, a member of regional legislative assembly of ARMM, told ANC that they sent their female relatives to file the certificate of candidacy for “Toto” in the hope that their political rivals would not harm them.

Toy said they were warned that if Toto will personally file his candidacy, he will be hurt

Meanwhile president Arroyo declared a state of emergency in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat to prevent further blood-shed. “There is an urgent need to prevent and suppress the occurrence of several other incidents of lawless violence,” according to Press Secretary Cerge Remonde. This (indefinite state of emergency) will give the military and police adequate powers of arrest and detention for peace and justice.

On the other hand senators who have been very critical to this administration expressed concern of possible whitewash on the massacre as those suspected to have to have masterminded the crime are closest allies of the president. So they dare the president to go after her political allies the Ampatuans. But Malacanang however assured the public that there’s going to be no sacred cow to be spared in the investigation. All of the suspected perpetrators will be brought to justice to answer for their crime.

As of this writing, 24 more bodies have been recovered by the authorities in the area and that the massacre toll already rose to 46.

The entire nation is watching, the world is observing us, the president has no other prerogative but to arrests the perpetrators including those political leaders suspected of masterminding it. At this time when president Arroyo’s acceptability rating is plunging down to the lowest, her resolve perhaps to run after these ruthless killers and lock them behind bars may help in any way reverse public’s negative perception of her administration.

Perhaps before her term ends, at least the public will be aware that the president has done one great thing in her country in the dispensation of justice for those senselessly killed.

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7 Responses to “Maguindanao Massacre, Let there be Justice!”

  1. Doc.bobonyo Says:

    Justice, ito ang panawagan ng international community. Run after those criminals, prosecute them and lock them to jail if found guilty.

  2. Doc.bobonyo Says:

    International associations of journalists condemn the dastardly killings of journalists and innocent civilians.

    The Philippines now is number one most dangerous place for journalists.

  3. Doc.bobonyo Says:

    Sets aside political relations, the world is waiting. Malacanang should make good of its promise to run after the perpetrators of this massacre.

    Sad to say four days passed by already since the massacre and no one is apprehended nor even invited for questioning?

  4. Doc.bobonyo Says:

    God will seek their blood from your hands, that cannot be ignored.

  5. Doc.bobonyo Says:

    It has been reported on line that “Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno on Thursday revealed that the entire Ampatuan clan will undergo investigation for their alleged role in the murders of 57 people, including journalists and supporters of a rival political clan in Ampatuan, Maguindanao last Monday.”

    Is the Arroyo’s administration really serious about making the Ampatuans answerable to the crime they’re suspected to have masterminded it?

  6. Colegialagirl Says:

    Ang pangamba lang ng marami ay baka special treatment lang si Mayor Andal Ampatuan diyan sa kulungan kung makukulong man.

    May due process din kasi tayong sinusunod kaya hanggang hindi napapatunayan ay inosente siya. At ito nga rin ang kanyang sinasabi, wala siyang kinalaman sa massacre.

  7. Colegialagirl Says:

    Sabagay maraming isyu laban sa pamahalaang Arroyo ang medyo nakakalimutan ngayon dahil ang lahat ay naka-focus dito sa nangyaring massacre.

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