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Government Ignores Calls To Disarm Ampatuans, Other Private Armies

November 25, 2009

The body count is now 52 but 72 hours since Ampatuan Maguindanao was used by Satan’s work men as a killing field, no suspects are in police custody and the accursed government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is simply running in place.

Correction. It is downplaying the massacre as a quarrel between two families and has irnored calls for the Ampatuans and pother seemingly untouchatable primate armies to be disarmed and dismantled now.

 

Not

Sure Pres. Arroyo declared Thursday a national day of Mourning.

But all that Jesus Dureza, her crisis man on the ground in Cotabato, has done is quietly hold a photo-opp session with the father and son Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his son Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. at which he “appealed to them to cooperate with probers.”

We’ve even to a 2008 photo by Malacanang showing her with tht Apamatuans!

While Pres. Arroyo hes put a state of emergency edict over Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabatato she has held back from ordering  that private armies of the powrfual Ampatuans now be disarmed.

And here are the official lame statements:

Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina, PNP spokesman:

We are still collating evidence against anybody liable for this horrible act, but we will not invite the Ampatuans for questioning over the gruesome killings of Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu’s wife, his sisters, two lawyers, and at least 13 journalists last Monday.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde :

We have due process to be observed also, so let us allow the investigators on the ground to come up with [a case] through their investigation.
The relief and arrest of Ampatuan Jr. will come only after the police have found sufficient evidence that would link him to the murder of more than 50 people in Ampatuan town. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo herself has repeatedly assured the Mangudadatu family of impartial investigation. It’s a very big embarrassment not only to the government, but also to the entire nation. The government will not rest until the people responsible in the massacre are charged and arrested.

The possibly strongest statement thus far has come e from resigned defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro:

A meeting of Lakas-Kampi-CMP party elders tonight might consider expelling the Ampatuans.

Sadly for Teodoro, his assertiong is non-binding.

Commission on Human Rights chairperson Leila De Lima is the only public official of note who is telling it like it is:

The government’s “unsual treatment” of Ampatuan Jr. is disturbing. At this stage and with the statement from the Mangudadatus, the police should have already invited Ampatuan Jr. for questioning or at least to get his side. I also observed that there is an unusual treatment. If you’re an ordinary suspect and there is a lead and information [of your supposed involvement] you will be immediately invited.. The government should heed to the public’s clamor of swift and decisive action against the killers and the masterminds in the massacre.
Sec. Dureza’s meeting with the supposed primary suspect in the brutal killings was unusual. The suspects should be invited to present themselves to the police to explain their side, not visited.
“Go to our precinct. Explain your side, execute a statement if you want to. But to be visited just get an assurance [of your cooperation]?”

What we have before us is a powder keg of violence with a lit fuse waiting to explode.

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