P-Noy’s political will against GMA only, not the Ampatuans?

Thanks to the Philippine Daily Inquirer for publishing these mugshots. Thanks to Kevin Ray Chua for alerting me on this. Click on the photo for the PDI's latest on the Arroyo story.

We have seen political will in the handling of President Noynoy Aquino‘s administration against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last week.

Consider the following:

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima prevented the former president from escaping abroad despite a temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court. The warrant of arrest was issued just hours after the filing of the electoral sabotage case filed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). The police immediately served the warrant that afternoon.

But why has the Aquino administration failed to show the same political will against the Ampatuans for the Maguindanao massacre?

Tomorrow — November 23, 2011 — we will observe the second anniversary of the worst massacre the country has seen. It has been some two years since armed goons of Maguindanao warlord Andal Ampatuan Sr. gunned down some 58 Filipinos, including 32 journalists.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), in a statement calling for justice as the second anniversary approached, said:

“As today, only two Ampatuans have been arraigned. Only 93 of the 196 accused have been arrested. Prosecution and defense lawyers have listed 300 and 320 witnesses, respectively, which, according to Senator Joker Arroyo, a veteran human rights lawyer and courtroom litigator, may take 200 years to present.

Meanwhile, the families of the 58 victims continue to suffer from the loss of their loved ones, most of whom were family breadwinners. Some of the children continue to innocently wait in vain for their murdered parents to come home.”

Come to think of it, public outrage against the Ampatuans worked in favor of candidacy of Noynoy Aquino in the May 2010 elections. The Ampatuans were strong political allies of the administration of then president Arroyo. The Ampatuan political machinery was vital to the Arroyo camp’s questionable electoral victories in 2004 and 2007.

Pursuing the cases against both Arroyo and the Ampatuans deserve the same political will from the Aquino administration in the interest of justice.

Why show political will only against the Arroyos today?



9 Replies to “P-Noy’s political will against GMA only, not the Ampatuans?”

  1. it is not surprising the Pnoy administration is hot on the heels of the Arroyos to showcase his slogan “tungo sa matuwid na daan” and “all-out of justice” than the ampatuans. the massacre incident was non-defensible and now protracted as prosecution and justice administration left to slow, defective and deficient processes, if only from point of time and existing criminal rules and procedures. Pnoy himself recently admitted to disgust of families of victims that he does not expect the cases to be resolved in his term. meanwhile, the COMELEC personnel and officials with direct participation in alleged election fraud in 2004, 2007 and 2010 have surfaced apparently upon some influence and motivation from the ampatuans perhaps to obtain some concessions or softening from the government in their cases – an unexpected and lucky development for Pnoy – only to be tricked for administration to find the bases for the WLO, case at RTC 112 Pasay City and other cases being lined up to justify holding rights and freedoms of the Arroyos. But more significantly and importantly for popular support and a reformist image, Pnoy have seen to it that the Arroyos showcase his anti-graft and corruption drive even if doing so projects singling out and being personal already. filipinos should not be misled and deceived and should exact delivery of other campaign promises of Pnoy as life slowly become hard for most filipinos and criminal incidence gain momentum unabated daily, otherwise, things will break down to disorder and chaos of unimaginable proportions, including assassinations, out of exigency and desperation.


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