Will GMA’s Maguindanao Martial Law Play Unravel?
It’s Day 3 of the proclamation of martial law in Maguindanao (except in the MILF-controlled areas) and today civil rights advocates will be leading the charge to formally question the constitutionality of Pres. Arroyo’s Proclamation 1959.
But this early the Arroyo administration’s slip is already showing.
Several sources told this writer over the weekend that the intensified crackdown against the Ampatuans using Proclamation 1959 may be intended to forestall any revelations about the massive electoral fraud in the area undertaken by the Ampatuans for Pres. Arroyo in the 2004 and 2007 elections.
More sinisterly it could be that Proclamation 1959 will be the prelude to a widening of the martial law edict.
President Arroyo has submitted a report to both the Senate and the House of Representatives explaining her actions ahead of the joint reconvening of both houses of Congress tomorrow.
Here’s how Malacanang’s announcement came:
The denunciations quickly followed:
An eye-opening observation has come from Liberal Party Senator Francis Pangilinan who cited the reports that rebellion charges might be slapped against the Ampatuans using Proclamation 1959 in the wake of the discovery of two buried arms stockpiles in Shariff Aguak.
“This martial law declaration could now muddle the bigger cases of multiple murder against the Ampatuans with their lawyers asserting that if their clients did commit rebellion then the Maguindanao Massacre of November 23 was part that political crime and not multiple murders,” Sen. Pangilinan says.
Sen. Pangilinan’s observation can very well be picked up by the Ampatuans’ defense team as it could get them off the hook!!!
The plot revealed???