Andal Ampatuan ‘Operates’ The 2010 Elections
What’s worse – being ‘anointed’ as the chosen successor of the most distrusted president ever or being endorsed by the man tagged as the butcher of 57 people including 32 journalists?
Well the ‘event managers’ of that news conference inside a maximum security police detention center used mainly for high-risk crime suspects must surely think the latter option is THE KISS OF DEATH.
Yes, I’m absolutely guilty of thinking that even with multiple murder charges over his head, Andal Ampatuan, Jr. is engaged in what his clan is reputed to be best at: ‘rigging’ election results, but this time by using blood-soaked hands to embrace and smear the leading presidential candidate.
Witness how days after his clan was widely reported to have endorsed the Nacionalista Party’s Manny Villar, Andal is generously allowed by his police custodians to hold a news conference wearing Noynoy Aquino’s signature yellow baller and waving his list of favored political wannabees.
He even adds icing to the show by denying that the Arroyo election-lawyer-turned-justice secretary was ‘incentivised’ to clear his dad of involvement in the crime of the century after an express review that’s being questioned by 2,000-member National Prosecution Service.