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.
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?
Related links and articles
- End Impunity: NUJP’s Countdown to Ampatuan Massacre’s Second Anniversary (Facebook page)
- Topacio’s egg saved plus meaty Facebook rejoinders (politika2013.wordpress.com)
- Arrest Warrant Issued vs Gloria Arroyo (pochp.wordpress.com)
- [From the web] Alliance against impunity formed – Bulatlat.com (hronlineph.wordpress.com)
- Why bet only one ball? Topacio wants one left because GMA won’t return! (politika2013.wordpress.com)