Noynoy Aquino on the declaration of Martial Law

Senator Noynoy Aquino’s Official Statement on the Declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao

For weeks now, the country has shared the shock, horror and agony of the people of Maguindanao over the slaughter of innocents. This national outrage has increased as securing justice faces hurdle after hurdle, both in Maguindanao and in Manila. Our people want justice, and they want results; the government wants us to believe that it must impose Martial Law for justice to be accomplished, and for peace and order to finally prevail in Maguindanao.

Now, for the first time since 1972, the chief executive has seen fit to take this unprecedented step. But unlike 1972, there are many Constitutional safeguards in place to ensure that martial law is an option taken with full transparency and under legislative oversight.

The people of Maguindanao, the people of the Philippines and the troops on this mission, deserve every assurance that this act will, indeed, result in justice being served and peace being restored. If the declaration of Martial Law is not motivated by the enforcement of the rule of law, but is rather an attempt to expand authority by means of the military it will be a grave abuse of power and reckless endangerment of the lives of our brave soldiers.


The Constitution is clear: martial law can only be declared upon the existence of an actual invasion or rebellion, and when public safety requires it.


Is there truly a legal basis for declaring martial law in Maguindanao?

Is the restoration of peace and order the real reason for the imposition of martial law or are there other reasons yet unseen?

Is it to instill fear, given the very negative connotations of martial law?

Can we take Mrs. Arroyo’s word when she is largely responsible for the creation of this monster?

Does it not indicate the state’s inability to enforce its laws that it had to resort to something as drastic as martial law, despite its possible repercussions on the economy?

The President need not declare martial law. She could have swiftly ordered that charges be filed against all those who carried out the lawless orders of Mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr. She could have directed that all those charged be preventively suspended. She could have instructed the Prosecutors to ask the Courts to deny bail to all those charged with the commission of this heinous crime and let the succession of local officials under the Local Government Code take effect, to ensure that the local government will continue to function.

This extraordinary step fuels much speculation on the real intention behind it.

The people must demand an explanation of the circumstances that led the administration to resort to this action, how the President intends to use its vast powers, and for how long.

The rule of law must prevail; constitutional processes must prevail. The courts cannot be abolished there or elsewhere. The President of the Philippines remains accountable not only to the Congress of the Philippines, but to the People of the Philippines for taking this course.

We must also demand that both houses of Congress meet, as required by the Constitution, within 48 hours of a martial law declaration, without need of the President making a call for Congress to convene.

While the Constitution expects both houses to merge for the purpose of voting on this specific imposition of martial law, it also expects our lawmakers never to surrender their identity as representatives of the people.

I appeal to my colleagues in Congress to come together immediately and ascertain the validity of this imposition.

Congress must muster a quorum. Congress must not be a rubber stamp. Congress must ask the right questions, and it must act now.

This is a time for all our people to be sober, discerning, vigilant and unafraid.

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109 Responses so far

  1. 1

    carlos said,

    I think Martial law was a good idea. Mr. Noy.

    But if you don’t please present me an alternate plan. HOW WOULD YOU Have gone about the situation aside from saying it was “unconstitutional?”

    And give it to me blow by blow. And post it.

    Kthanxbye!

    • 2

      noypipol said,

      Sen Aquino did not say it is unconstitutional — yet. That is why Congress must convene to determine the constitutionality of the declaration. But he does believe it is unnecessary, please see his reasons above clearly stated above, which you might have conveniently glossed over.

      When he says “constitutional process must prevail,” that is in lieu of convening Congress within 48 hours of the declaration. Because if there are enough supporters of GMA, Congress can fail to muster a quorum (ie, not enough representatives attend to hold session), and the constitutional process fails.

      That is what is “unconstitutional.”

      • 3

        Victor said,

        Is it not the responsibility of both houses of congress, to which Sen Aquino belongs, to convene themselves in order to deliberate on the declaration? Or are they just ranting that it was declared on a Saturday and their weekends would be ruined?

        It is precisely because the “options” that Sen Aquino proposes cannot be done in Maguindanao that Martial Law was declared. The courts there have been subverted by fear. No judge would even dare accept the evidence into court and local governments have ceased to function for fear of the Ampatuans’ reprisal.

        It is easy to dictate what needs to be done especially if you’re in the sidelines but a totally different matter when you hold the reins of responsibility. Just ask Mr Obama and where all his rhetoric during the campaign has gone.

      • 4

        angel said,

        I second Victor. Specially since I’ve never been a congressman nor have I experienced the lawlessness in Maguindanao that I can say easily what is and what is not to be done.

      • 5

        Kim said,

        “cannot be done” or was not done ….

  2. 6

    angel said,

    Hi. Being the son of much respected Ms. Cory Aquino, I am not sure as to how you were able to call this move unconstitutional when in fact it is. Firstly, Ampatuans are almost sure suspects but the constitution says he’s innocent until proven guilty by the courts; secondly, people power initiated by your mother may be considered a moral uproar, but its not constitutional.

    Declaration of martial law is not merely to catch the culprits but to protect the whole region against these monsters, for someone running for Presidency, your statement is a little narrow and unfinished. I would like to see what you would have done if you are the President. I have seen the other presidentiable doing actions and appropriate showmanship of being concerned on DAY ONE. Should you really wait for GMA’s allegedly “wrong move” before you give a statement? WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE. You’re reaction for me exemplifies that you are WAITING for your opponents to do the wrong move before giving a statement, it could have been better if you released a statement on how this issue could have possibly been resolved in the early days of the massacre!

    Thank you.

    • 7

      noypipol said,

      Angel, what did the others do? Show up for publicity? Please state something concrete.

      To start, something as concrete as the Senate Resolution 1421 filed by Senators Aquino and Roxas to launch a senate probe into the massacre, the mechanisms which enabled it, to propose legislation based on the findings to prevent further atrocities of parallel nature, and to enact a process that would effect lasting peace in Maguindanao.

      Villar –> where was he? what did he do?

      Gibo –> photo-op, his boss stands to gain, weaponry recently unearthed in amaptuan property would, if he were a responsible secretary, definitely have been known to him (and if so, why didn’t he do anything to stop ampatuan in the first place, he was in the most immediate capacity to do so, being Sec of DND)

      • 8

        angel said,

        “”To start, something as concrete as the Senate Resolution 1421 filed by Senators Aquino and Roxas to launch a senate probe into the massacre, the mechanisms which enabled it, to propose legislation based on the findings to prevent further atrocities of parallel nature, and to enact a process that would effect lasting peace in Maguindanao.””

        THAT SOUNDS CONCRETE FOR YOU??? BARE WITH ME PLEASE! Thousands of feel good resolutions like these has been passed but never implemented!! DUUUUH!!!

      • 9

        Charles said,

        The Senator is doing his job as senator. This is what a senator should do. Call for a report for the justification for martial law. GMA should report to the congress why martial law has become necessary. To not ask, would be remiss of any solon’s duty.

      • 10

        democrazy2010 said,

        Noypipol is asking where was Villar. Villar is busy working on a real campaign, based on real projects and real accomplishments. Just like Gordon. Unlike Noynoy, they don’t need to exploit the Maguindanao issue just to look like they’re doing something. Maybe they’ll air one opinion, then that’s it. No need to go into a full-blown drama on ANC. Passing a Senate resolution asking for an investigation is not what I consider concrete action. It’s just a redundant symbolic act, because obviously, there is already an investigation going on. The comment about Gibo not being able to stop the Ampatuans in the first place is so naive it can’t even be taken seriously. It’s like asking why the police cannot catch all the criminals that exist on this planet.

      • 11

        When our brothers in Mindanao are under Martial Law, the presidential campaign should not be first and foremost.
        A leader prioritizes country above self. This is such an instance.

      • 12

        Inigo said,

        This is not checkmate, in fact it is very far from it. hahaha

        where have you been? aside, of course, from trying to criticize others and trying to look like you’re doing something.

        Senate resolution? What a weak response to this Massacre. Its not just about a massacre its about a man with a private army ruling the area. You’re saying a civil investigation is going to resolve this? By the way there is obviously already an investigation going on so please stop wasting taxpayers money to look like your doing something concrete.

        This lack of courage to take necessary steps only show that Noynoy is as weak as he looks.

        Also please stop using your parents names in your campaign. Seriously, concentrate on what YOU have done and what you are planning to do.
        Just because your parents did something, doesn’t prove your worth your salt. Look at your sister Kris, shes born out of the same parents, shes just busy with things like her magazine about conceited self.

      • 13

        Denswa said,

        Senator Do even know where Maguindanao is? Have you heard of Rido? This is not Makati CBD. There is no law here. No sorry, the Ampatuans ARE the Law and above the law. Show some balls senator instead of whining after the fact

  3. 14

    arlin said,

    have you read the full text? if you did you could have notice this:

    “She could have swiftly ordered that charges be filed against all those who carried out the lawless orders of Mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr. She could have directed that all those charged be preventively suspended. She could have instructed the Prosecutors to ask the Courts to deny bail to all those charged with the commission of this heinous crime and let the succession of local officials under the Local Government Code take effect, to ensure that the local government will continue to function.”

    is that simple statement needed to be explained to you?

    • 15

      franz said,

      yes..i absolutely agree that president could have just ordered the concerned officials to do their jobs accordingly, and not declare martial law in maguindanao.when massacres happened before, president arroyo usually issued a statement in a press confference and ordered for the arrest of the suspects, but with the maguindanao massacre i was not able to see our president say something. martial law is not necessary cause the people in maguindanao are already scared of what had happened. they suffered enough already. they got suspects already, all the president to now is secure the filipino people that whoever is responsible for this masscare must be put to jail..and to ensure that they cannot get away with this, who knows they might go somewhere and nowhere to be found…

  4. 16

    Charles said,

    I strongly agree to Noy’s “The President need not declare martial law. She could have swiftly ordered that charges be filed against all those who carried out the lawless orders of Mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr. She could have directed that all those charged be preventively suspended. She could have instructed the Prosecutors to ask the Courts to deny bail to all those charged with the commission of this heinous crime and let the succession of local officials under the Local Government Code take effect, to ensure that the local government will continue to function.”

    Martial law leads to military news blackout, coupled with the discovery of the illegal AFP arms cache, can lead to destruction of evidence on who is responsible for selling the weapons to Ampatuans. There is no current state of rebellion, danger, or invasion, especially now that the Ampatuans have been disarmed.

    • 17

      noypipol said,

      Charles — excellent point.

      In my personal opinion, Martial Law is an EXCELLENT cover to clean up the mess Ampatuans made that implicates government.

    • 18

      Victor said,

      She could have, she should have… but even if that is what she did, she would still get flack for it. This president cannot do anything right. But going back to Sen Aquino’s suggestions, the courts are in fear of the Amaptuans! That’s why they want the trial there and not move to Manila. I suppose, with this suggestion, they would be aligning with Sen Aquino’s party pretty soon.

      And if a news blackout is the intention then we really do have an incompetent AFP! They are lugging along reporters with them in their troop movements and these same reporters are giving live reports from the ground even as I write.

      • 19

        Charles said,

        Good speculation about Ampatuans aligning, Victor. Laughable speculation. Not a time to joke around though.

        I agree with martial law in Maguindanao as long as there is no news blackout. We have to be vigilant though. That President is a sneaky one. Hoodwinked us too many times. ZTE, Spratleys, Macapagal Hiway, Fertilizer, silence on missing DND firearms, ARMM non-plebiscite expansion, Mikey’s unexplained riches, ballooning national debt the next admin has to shoulder, Hello Garci, withdrawal of Cory’s bodyguards, cash pay-offs by meat and rice importers, coddling warlords like Ampatuans, etc. and my memory is actually short…

  5. 20

    arlin said,

    hi angel. just want to remind you that the subject of this blog is “Noynoy Aquino on the declaration of Martial Law” and not directly about the massacre.

    • 21

      Ms. Emily Hardin said,

      @ arlin just wonderin why MY statement on the blog was taken out? Are you guys hiding on something ? Don’t you want people read it ? I will say it again Philippine government system is all about corruption, manipulation, thieves, murderers, great pretenders, liars, hypocrites and more !!!!!! SORRY but i have to be bold at these ones. How can i say I’m proud to be a Filipino when Philippine government is suck!! Don’t anyone on the loop have the balls to stand for the truth? The Philippine government have mess up so many lives of dear country men and i guess it’s about time for reformation. Philippine government need to MATURE. By way, i am no angel, i have a name,,,,

      • 22

        arlin said,

        hi ms.emily. i don’t know why your statement was removed. just so you’ll know, im not a part of the admin or moderator of this forum so i don’t have an authority to do so. i’m just a simple Pinoy who willl never give up my hope that one day our government system will change. you are right, our government now is a haven for the greedy and corrupt officials. there maybe few who are honest but definitely outnumbered by the corrupts. although our country is now in a very bad light in the eyes of the whole world because of this massacre, i won’t be ashamed that I am a Filipino. ‘though i am getting different reactions and very bad comments from my foreign collegues, I don’t get tired of explaining to them that this is just the making of the kind of Pinoy who abuses their power. the power that the Filipino people bestowed on them. and that the Philippines have lots of talented and intelligent people who will someday lead the country in restoring our dignity. and this could only happen if we just choose the right persons to be the country’s next leaders. change is actually in our hands.

      • 23

        Hello, there was a removed statement? We do not remove statements. Can you please email Ms Nina Sanchez at nsanchez@gmail.com all the relevant information for this statement so that we can investigate what happened to it, if it existed? Thank you.

  6. 24

    jackal said,

    Carlos,

    It’s so easy for you to demand an alternate plan when the issue at hand is the necessity and constitutionality of declaring martial law. Stick to the issue and before you arrogantly demand for an alternate plan, answer first the issues being raised against the declaration of martial law.

    Tell us first why Martial Law is a good idea…idjit!

    • 25

      Denswa said,

      The Ampatuans have eradicated entire barangays before. More than 1,000 people in one go. With the arrest of so many of them, who knows what kind of pandemonium could ensue.. So that is why Martial Law is a good idea. If you are even familiar with Maguindanao and the tribalism and Rido history.. you need a heavy hand dealing with this people

  7. 26

    arlin said,

    just a piece of my thought..
    how can PGMA conclude that the best remedy to this problem is by giving the military full control over Maguindanao? full control to what? full control to cover up the crime that people in their rank did? remember.. pnp’s and cafgus of the AFP participated in the massacre, which incidentally, are both under PGMA’s supervision. don’t you think they’re just trying to cover up their mess???

  8. 27

    Why do you think it is a good idea Carlos? Wass the constitution’s definitions satisfied?Was there an invasion? rebellion? or any threat thereof?

    Was there something the current State of Emergency was not handling in Maguindanao?

    What was not being done in Maguindanao that Martial Rule there will ensure gets done?

    Are you saying you prefer Martial Rule over the rule of law(imho the rule of law, we need to see that this gets exercised everytime we can, so our country will mature in this regard, to not look for shortcuts everytime we become impatient)? Or are you saying we Filipinos(our Maguindanao brothers are pinoys too) deserve to be ruled under Martial Rule rather than the rule of law?

  9. 29

    kesper said,

    I believe all we need to do is be vigilant. Like any other law, a law will only be ruthless if not imposed properly. Martial Law itself is not evil, it’s just a law that the constitution provides to protect the government and its people. I also think that such drastic measure must be made in Maguindanao. Based from reports, there are a lot of individuals that need to be disarmed due to prevalent private armies. A lot of powerful families, not only the Ampatuans seemed to have abused its power for so long that implementing regular rules will be unsuccessful. The Ampatuans might already be in custody but what about it’s supporters?. The Ampatuans have been in power for decades and their influence is so vast. It’s a big Mafia out there!, even local police and military might also be involve. That clearly explains how Ampatuan’s private army have sophisticated arms from AFP in their possession.

    In conclusion, we don’t need to be a lawyer to understand that martial law enforcement in Maguindanao will ensure public safety, thus clearly makes this act valid and constitutional.

    I respect Noynoy’s stand on this issue, and I hope all officials will ensure that martial law imposed in Maguindanao will be as transparent as possible to give justice to all the people in Maguindanao. Let’s unite and support each other for once to ensure the safety of our people.

    • 30

      Kesper, I hear you. But here’s the question: WILL it ensure public safety?

      Yesterday the writ of amparo was issued in favor of the Ampatuans. That means they are allowed to defend themselves, security-wise.

      If the writ was not issued by the Supreme Court, then they would definitely have to disarm. Safer for the public.

      My opinion — makes me wonder if the issuing of the writ of amparo was a prelude to the issuing of Martial Law.

      The consequences of amparo’s provisions give ample reason to fear rebellion.

      Also note that the writ of amparo was created in 2007, well within GMA’s term as president.

      Makes me think too if this was all a grand design thoughtfully plotted out leading up to a failure of elections scenario in 2010. It’s all falling into place. That’s just me, but my gut tells me this is certainly not impossible.

      • 31

        kesper said,

        noypipol, thanks for the reply, and yes, it’s always a question of “Will it ensure public safety”, and I am well aware of the root of people’s pessimism , but also we can not disregard that something must be done to address the issue in Maguindanao, thus the imposition of Martial law.

        I also wish that your conspiracy theory will only remain as a conspiracy theory, otherwise, we are damned.

      • 32

        Kesper,

        I’m with you on that. I really hope it is just a conspiracy theory. I sincerely hope. Hindi na pupwede ang nangyari nung panahon ni Marcos. Hindi tayo papayag.

  10. 33

    msr said,

    Sana linisin mo muna bakuran mo Honorable Sen. before you could give unsolicited advice to the president.

    • 34

      Charles said,

      The Senator does not lie. He has come clean with Hacienda Luisita since the beginning. The President buries each scandal deeper and deeper.

      SDO gave farmers equity without liabilities, while preserving economies of scale. If CARPed, each farmer would have gotten less than 1 hectare and mortgage. Luisita was very profitable for farmers when Noy was manager before 1998 congressional run. Police and military were responsible for the killings during 2006 strike. And, he said it will be CARPed after legal remedies have now clearly been exhausted.

      He is acting the duty of an opposition senator very well.

      • 35

        democrazy2010 said,

        If SDO of Luisita was so good, why did it cause welga and massacre? The farmers could have operated a cooperative on their own so they could make the most of their less than one hectare each. They could have had economies of scale on their own. So the less than one hectare each was not the reason why SDO was set up by Cojuangcos. It was set up so Cojuangcos could keep hacienda. If Noynoy is sincere about having hacienda CARP’ed, how come nag-file sila ng TRO to stop land from being given to farmers? How come hanggang ngayon ayaw nila ipa-lift ang TRO? And that reason he’s giving now about settling debts of corporation first is crap. That debt was incurred by the Cojuangcos not the farmers. SDO caused so many problems, it was taken out in CARPER, the new version of CARP. Also, if police and military did killings in 2006, who gave the orders? Who was going to benefit from having the farmers shot? The answer is obvious.

  11. 36

    Reece said,

    Echoing the first two comments. It’s truly easy for anyone to say “she could have done this,” “the people must demand that,” and “Congress must ask this” while campaigning. Why not take full accountability and let your supporters know YOUR contributions towards the resolution of this situation?

    You are an official with limited powers, nevertheless your influence is immense. You can surely do better than file a resolution and publicly speculate like this. What else are YOU doing to the extent that your current leadership will take you?

    • 37

      Charles said,

      He is doing what is his duty as a Senator. And he did not bungle the DND or Presidency that he has to damage control by declaring martial law.

      He is only asking that senate and congress convene and ask the president to report to congress why martial law is necessary when given the information released, martial law seems unnecessary. The news released just now, is the justification needed, that hundreds of armed groups of clans have been banding now.

  12. 38

    Ms. Emily Hardin said,

    We have seen some photos of these poor victims in some web and we cannot accept the fact that they were brutally murdered . IT’s a pathetic! Where is the human rights?Who do you think are responsible for this killing? Can they be given justice after all ? What is the president the vice and the rest of these politicians doing? Justice must be served!!!YOU guys know who the killer[s]it’s just in the loop of your political circle. Stop playing game w/ the people,,,bring out the convict[s[! and pass charges against them !!! We PInoys here in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are sick and tired of the Philippine government system. How can we become proud of our race as FILIPINOS if our Philippine system is corrupt, thieves,liars,great pretenders,blah blah blah,,,,,What good example can we give our young once,our children in the future? Our Filipino countrymen are already in pain and suffering for what the government have done to them. YOU guys made a lot of damage to these people.IS there anyone there have the “balls” to stand for the “TRUTH” ? I just hope and pray to GOD for justice.

  13. 39

    angel said,

    Obviously the one who responded to my question is bad mouthing other candidates by namedropping and stating what they allegedly did, like photo-op (I am not pro-Gibo but mind you, are you completely convinced what he did is photo-op? You are not in the front line, you’re in front of TV..I am also in front of the TV and I didn’t si Noynoy do anything during the early days of this issue). You are clearly campaigning thru your comments.

    Oh and starting Senate resolution together? NoyMar…Campaign move much? Why not tag and convince other senators to fille it with them, why exclusively? lol

    Arlin, those pointers are shallow and easy-to-say suggestions, and make sure some of those steps has not been done yet.

    • 40

      Charles said,

      Noy can only do a Senator’s job. But he is not the one who claimed that he cleaned up DND, or that she had someone clean up DND. If it took 9 years and 3 mutinies and they still can’t clean it up, it is the job of Senators to ask questions and also give unsolicited advice.

      • 41

        angel said,

        I am not Pro Gibo, thanks for pointing his suspicious claims. You are clearly here to diss Noy’s opponents. peace.

    • 42

      arlin said,

      yes those are shallow and easy to say suggestions.. but are those done swiftly? that is actually the point. the decision to order arrest (actually can you call it arrest when you send a high-ranking official to personally take the very obvious suspect with a big hug at that?!) was done after how many days? when all the evidence and witnesses pointed to Ampatuan she still took some time to think of what to do with him? Military men has been in Maguindanao since the day of the massacre, and yet they got so afraid that rebellion will still arise? So what are those military men doing there if they can’t prevent such thing from happening? Can they only perform their duty with the proclamation of Martial law and without it they’ll just watch until rebellion erupts?

  14. 43

    angel said,

    Charles, the senator came clean with the Hacienda issue? Read the papers, honey. He’s still in denial stage and completely convinced that protesters are propagandist from Manila.

    • 44

      Charles said,

      The protesters yes. Especially the one in Times Street with Gibo parapernalia hidden away. To the farmers, he said, the hacienda is saddled with loans too big from the strikes, and since the farmers have given up on SDO, CARP is inevitable and that inventory of the thousands of actual farmers is ongoing with DAR.

      • 45

        angel said,

        Noy Campaigner, you are so ELECTION HYPED!!! Ever read evangelista’s artciel? Noy referred to the protesters in Luisita as Propagandist from Manila from the first Luisita Massacre and not this election season retard! Masyado kang anti-gibo wala naman akong pake dahil hindi ako pro.

      • 46

        Charles said,

        It’s true that the strikers have been influenced by propagandists. That’s why Special Economic Zones and subcontracting are the only viable ways to go for too many companies, dearie. Unauthorized strikes are outdated concepts. That’s why we’re lagging behind the rest of southeast asia, even Burma. If it were an authorized strike, I fully respect their strike. Too many labor leaders lead double lives in mansions in m. manila and drive off to work in beaten-up cars.

      • 47

        Charles said,

        Thank you for your intellectual discussion name-calling. I’m as retarded as noy is autistic and gay, I guess, to borrow from our favorite columnists, from Business World no less. Please provide link for evangelista’s article. Let us dissect the article.

      • 48

        angel said,

        Do yuor own search and do your diessection by yourself and start dissing Gibo, Villar and others along the way. olol. kthanks

      • 49

        I found the Pat Evangelista distasteful ang overly blown up. Angel cites it as if it were fact written in stone. In fact, it was very one-sided. She didn’t research the facts.

        Also, there has been a lot of reports about staged protests, paid protests. Propagandists were for sure involved in that. Half the people involved in the protests weren’t even FROM Luisita.

        “Do your own search”? Someone’s given up.

      • 50

        tins said,

        noypipol, ur right! madaming nakisakay sa pag kakataon na nag strike sa luisita, tulad na lang ng present Governor namin ngayon at congressman na mag ama. mas madaming taong labas na sumali dahil nabayaran ng mag amang YAP para lalong guluhin ang trabahador ng luisita at tuluyang sirain ang mga COJUANGCO kc during that time kalaban ni Vic Yap ang uncle ni NOY na si Peping Cojuangco.. di pa sila nakontento nun nagawa pa nilang mag magic sa election.. alamko kc taga tarlac ako.

    • 51

      msr said,

      watch and cite some sources that they are clearly propagandist from Manila, where the people who have died from that tragic Massacre were buried in Tarlac.

      if you are convinced with your Senator with his answers, many are not, and better yet, provide some evidences to claim his “defend.”

      • 52

        angel said,

        AGREE!!

      • 53

        Charles said,

        We grieve for those who died. Will gather what can be gathered from the internet media archives.

      • 54

        tins said,

        charles, if u want to know the truth dont rely on media or/and internet. punta ka dito sa tarlac.. if ur really serious i can help u get inside luisita for u to find out what really happened there. the people are the best evidence.madami sa kanila ang nag sasabi na mga bagong mukha ang naging kasama nila pero dahil akala nila those new faces were helping them out kaya tinanggap nila. i found this out bcoz i helped a frend of mine gather all infos for her thesis.. including the one i mentioned above.

  15. 55

    kardo said,

    I think .. a false move for Mrs. Arroyo.It is not a prerogative to maintain silence in Maguindanao…Is there a rebellion that transpired?Is there a threat on the maguindanao security?..Look, Mrs. Arroyo has the power to do the things she wants to do…We must be vigilant…It’s just a prelude of what is happening in Maguindanao…u dont even know, that the Massacre is just d “tip of d icebergs” for the warlords of that province….There is a significant development that happened when our security personnels saw a lot of ammunitions and artilleries taht could even supply one battallion of our AFP….THERE IS ALSO A POSSIBILITY THAT THEY SPONSOR TERRORISM…wake up……im very, very sad that this had happened in mi beloved country:(

  16. 56

    Jamelsou said,

    We can only disect what is written on papers and relayed by the media. There a lot of factors that we don’t know that leads to the decleration of Martial Law. We can only guess things based on our brilliant minds.
    I agree with Noy, we have to be vigilant, we have learned from the past. We react because of fear, but we have aged and learned from the past.
    We all codemned the Ampatuan Massacre, some even wished that death penalty is legal so that we can torch the monsters. For whatever actions the government will take, we should support and be a part of te solution by watching and being vigilant!
    Let us not just put the solution in the governments hands, let us, as a Filipino people be a part of the solution and not part of the problem so that we can move forward. Stop criticizing and walk your talk!
    If Noy was the President, he would have done things he said. But Gloria is the President, no matter how loud you shout on the streets and curse, she is still the president and that fact remains.
    So why not put your energy into a useful tool so that we can have a better Philippines? Stop criticizing and help yourself to be a better person so that collectively we are a better country!

  17. 57

    butch lejano said,

    ok lamang na magkaroon ng martial law sa isang lugar na nangangailangan ng hustisya.
    dahil halata naman na ang maguindanao ay napapalibutan ng mga private armies. auz siguro na mapasakamay ng pamahalaan ang authority sa maguindanao dahil dominante ang kapangyarihan ng pamilya ampatuan sa nasabing probinsya. kung may ibang alternatibo po kayo na naiisip ano kaya iyon senator? hindi porket sinabing martial law eh wala ng demokrasya sa isang lugar. para rin lamang iyon sa kanilang kaligtasan at kapakanan. sana naman maganda din ang intension ng nakaupo, dahiil positibo ang pananaw ko usaping martial law. wag lamang aabusuhin ni PGMA.

  18. 58

    democrazy2010 said,

    Noynoy, instead of making press release after press release and giving interview after interview, why don’t you go to Maguindanao and arrest the Ampatuans yourself? Maybe then I’ll listen to you complaining about Martial Law in Maguindanao. The problem with you is all you know how to do is criticize. But when it comes to actions and solutions, you have absolutely nothing to offer. So just shut up, please, and let the government do what it needs to do. Stop acting like a spoiled child. This is not about you.

    • 59

      arlin said,

      right now Noy can not do that. he doesn’t have the power to do that yet. let us first make Noy our president para next time na may mangyaring ganito (hwag naman sana) he can do the things that he wanted to do. but he can’t be the one to go there and do the arrest himself. kung sya ang gusto mo gumawa nyan personally e baka hindi na natin kailanganin ang mga pulis at mga militar. mawawalan sila ng trabaho..

      • 60

        democrazy2010 said,

        That’s exactly the point–he’s not the president. So he should leave the president alone to do her job. Don’t get me wrong, I think we do need to be vigilant, Gloria being Gloria. But I cannot stand the way Noynoy is trying to make this all about him when he’s in no position to do any better.

      • 61

        It’s not about him. Just because he put out a statement doesn’t mean it’s about him. He’s doing his job as a senator: represent the interests of the people.
        On that note, the Senate and Congress are in a position to do better. That’s why we have three branches of government. To counter-check the moves of every other. That’s their JOB. Gloria will do her job, and the Legislative and Judiciary will do theirs.

      • 62

        democrazy2010 said,

        If Noynoy had stopped with giving one press statement asking people to be vigilant, and stopped there until Gloria could explain herself to congress within 48 hrs as the constitution says, I would have believed he wasn’t making it about him. But we know that’s not what happened. He was milking the whole thing for all it was worth as soon as the declaration was done. The government’s press con wasn’t even done yet but he was already all over the place ranting. Just compare what he’s doing with the other candidates, Gordon & Villar especially. They have as much at stake here. But you don’t see them going overboard like Noynoy. It was too early.

      • 63

        Kim said,

        Napakabobo naman nito. Useless posts should just be deleted.

    • 64

      Charles said,

      Noy should not go to Maguindanao yet, because it will pointlessly tax the military resources there to provide him security as a Senator. Gibo SHOULD GO THERE because he had 2 years as DND Sec yet never fixed the problem. It was his job just a month ago?

      By your logic, should the other senators or congressmen go too to create more security risks?

      • 65

        democrazy2010 said,

        Gibo was already in Maguindanao. All I’m saying is, if Noynoy has the gall to appear on TV and criticize how the government is handling Maguindanao, he should go there himself. With his own security. And again, it’s naive to say that Gibo with his 2 yrs in DND should have been able to prevent massacre. It’s like saying Obama should have caught Osama Bin Laden by now. Life is complicated. Only those who live in a yellow gilded cage oversimplify things this way.

      • 66

        Osama bin Laden is not under Obama’s jurisdiction. DND was certainly under Gibo’s.

      • 67

        businessman said,

        that is the point of the commenter. How can you put blame on Gibo when he was just DND sec for 2 years? To me, he had the best response of all– he expelled the Ampatuans from Lakas, went there to support the very shaken Manggudadatus, escorted him to file his COC, as head of the party Esmael belonged to. Meanwhile in the same news program, you were smiling and partying for the LP, even days after the massacre. Bad taste. and now, this belated response, and not a concrete one at that? Have you forgotten who put Ampatuan Sr.in power in the first place? It was Mrs. Aquino.

      • 68

        democrazy2010 said,

        I agree. Newsbreak wrote about that after the massacre. Concerned voters can read the article here:
        “Cory gave Ampatuan patriarch his break”
        http://newsbreak.com.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7148&Itemid=88889070

      • 69

        willie said,

        But who made the Ampatuans become warlords and murderers? Of course it was Gloria Arroyo!

      • 70

        democrazy2010 said,

        Both Cory and Gloria have some responsibility for Ampatuans. That’s why a certain candidate should be focusing on how problem can be solved, not wasting all his time blaming Gloria.

      • 71

        I totally agree to democrazy2010′s statement, “Both Cory and Gloria have some responsibility for Ampatuans. That’s why a certain candidate should be focusing on how problem can be solved, not wasting all his time blaming Gloria.”

        %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

        And if we try to scrutinize Senator Noynoy Aquino’s motivation on his premature Official Statement on the Declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao prior to a Congress quorum decision, PGMA`s report, or personal assessment of Maguindanao:

        It COULD be that he is highly concerned rule of law must prevail; constitutional processes must prevail; or just simply trying to gain publicity in the process while the families of 57 people murdered – women raped, bodies mutilated, among where almost 30 journalists and 2 human rights female lawyers – are seeking IMMEDIATE justice for the crime that made the Philippines, “the most dangerous country in the world for Journalists” surpassing states at war – IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN.

        http://www.wan-press.org/pfreedom/jkilled.php?id=3996

      • 72

        Mrs. Aquino put Ampatuan Sr. in power?
        I`m just curious about this claim… please elaborate.

        Regarding to your statement,

        “How can you put blame on Gibo when he was just DND sec for 2 years? To me, he had the best response of all– he expelled the Ampatuans from Lakas”

        I agree with you that the best response of Gibo is to expel Ampatuans from lakas but it is clearly a “decision out of necessity”. Had he chosen otherwise which is to retain the Ampatuans to his party, then his presidential bid will SURELY be compromised.

        In addition to that, the arms and ammunitions dug up just a few meters away from Ampatuan Mansion has the markings “DND Arsenal” on it clearly implicating our very own Department of National Defense.

        As former DND Secretary, Gibo either doesn`t know this is happening, or he knows but did not make any significant action about it. Either ways, Gibo will be in trouble:

        “If Gibo doesn`t know that some rogue soldiers supply Ampatuans with high-powered guns and ammo, then as former DND secretary, HE IS INCOMPETENT.

        If Gibo does know that some rogue soldiers supply Ampatuans with high-powered guns and ammo while doing nothing, then as former DND secretary, HE IS CORRUPT.”

        It`s a dilemma.

      • 73

        msr said,

        you’re views are one sided, get the whole facts state evidences why and what went wrong. don’t jump in to conclusions without proving your point.

        you’re not stating basis here, and certainly you’re entitled with your own bias opinion.

      • 74

        msr said,

        you’re views are one sided, get the whole facts state evidences why and what went wrong. don’t jump in to conclusions without proving your point.

        you’re not stating basis here, and certainly you’re entitled with your own bias opinion.

      • 75

        Which statements are biased?
        Let us criticise it as we should…
        Please state your claim concretely.

        Thanks

      • 76

        democrazy2010 said,

        Ever heard of command responsibility? If we follow your logic that says the person closer to the criminal is the one responsible and the ones above him in chain of command are not, we can argue that Maguindanao is also not Gibo’s jurisdiction because he held a national position and did not have direct powers over Maguindanao in his mandate. My point: it’s childish to say that the reason the Ampatuans went wild is because Gibo didn’t stop them. There are many factors involved there and it’s worrying that those wearing yellow-tinted polyanna glasses have such simplistic ways of thinking. If we follow your logic, it will also mean Noynoy was responsible for the Luisita massacre.

      • 77

        mark said,

        Well at the very least, is shows us that Gibo as DND Secretary was not aware/did not have full control of what was going on in the armed forces. How then can he claim that his tenure as sec. was one of the cleanest that we have even seen? Ang problema kasi, nagpapaloko tayo sa mga buladas ni Gibo. Masyadong bolero that he actually believes his own BS.

      • 78

        Melvin Cabatuan said,

        I also saw Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro claiming his tenure as DND sec. was one of the cleanest that we have even seen in ABS-CBN Harapan at Uste about a week ago.

        The high-powered arms and ammunitions dug up just a few meters away from Ampatuan Mansion, and the ones in Ampatuan Sr. ranch with the markings “Govt. Arsenal DND” on it, clearly implicating our very own Department of National Defense is clearly a slap on Gibo`s face.

        I felt bad about this considering his good RESUME being a Harvard Alumni.

      • 79

        homerwells said,

        are you sure it’s “DND”?

        i could’ve sworn it reads “PNP”

      • 80

        homerwells said,

        Back to the original topic, I’m not a constitution expert but from what I gather on the posts here, the constitution requires that for martial law to be imposed (1) there should be an invasion or a rebellion (sp?) going on and (2) it’s for the public safety.

        I think both conditions have been satisfied if we are to believe that a rebellion was really in the offing (who among us here could reliably say there was none?) and that the government is doing what it thinks is best given the situation. The opposition on the other hand, it seems to me, is doing its best to use this to create shadows to scare the people again…

        Ang dali sabihin na the government should have done this and that no?

        Mr Noynoy in all your years as a senator and as a congressman ano ang mga nagawa mo to avert this kind of situation? If any?

        =========

        @noypipol admin – suggestion lang, to make this blog appear more serious, please change Mr Noynoy’s picture at the top – it looks out of character for Noynoy and comes off as trying very very hard to emulate his late father. I understand you’re trying to package Noynoy as Ninoy but hey, it’s not working. Thanks!

      • 81

        Denswa said,

        This has been happening way before Gibo’s term. Do your research please
        This is a clear cut case of not including ALL the facts in reporting and clearly inquirer is trying to SCARE people..

    • 82

      concerned citizen said,

      democrazy, you are also criticizing Noynoy di ba? That is also the problem with you.

      • 83

        democrazy2010 said,

        Let’s stick to the issue of martial law in Maguindanao and not go off topic. Noynoy deserves to be criticized for what he’s doing because he’s the one trying to sow panic by painting scenarios that martial law will be extended to Metro Manila and the whole country. He’s the one not paying attention to the constitution which says that the president has 48 hours to explain herself to congress. He’s the one with the overkill reaction. The other candidates are not making a big drama like him because they know you have to wait first to see how Gloria will explain the decision to congress. Then you react. Noynoy should have stopped with one press release saying “let’s be vigilant” then waited for Gloria to face congress before spreading all kinds of doomsday scenarios in the media. It’s irresponsible. If Gloria’s explanation to congress is not acceptable, that’s the time to get mad.

  19. 84

    Maria said,

    Martial law will not bring back the lives of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre. It’s also questionable how this declaration will gratify our thirst for justice. But we can’t do anything about it, since the President has made her decision, no matter how much we reject the martial law. BUT THEN, we, as citizens, have the responsibility to watch over the progress of the events. We must keep an eye on the government – on every action that they will make – and on the explanation behind this major decision. We must be very critical. This better be something that will put the masterminds and doers of the very inhumane crime behind bars. And not just an exploitation of power or a trying hard action just to show to the people that GMA is doing something about this heinous event.

  20. 85

    Charles said,

    Interview on ANC, Aquino: “We have martial law and with the proclamation that also suspended the writ of habeas corpus, you could have affected the arrests already. Under the Human Security Act – that could have also been used as a means, specifically after the Maguindanao massacre.”

  21. 86

    Ryan said,

    I am an undecided voter. So far my choices are Gibo, Noy and Gordon. So I am reading responses on each forum. My family is for Noy but I do not know, Noy’s statements’ on the Martial Law in Maguindanao and the Ampatuan Massacre seemed too cookie cutter and a little bit tepid.

    Like the rest of people here who posted comments, I want to know what would YOU have done if you were in La Gloria’s place. I am a bit too unsure about the use of Martial Law having been be born during the latter years of the last Martial Law. Please don’t give me stock answers. I have stayed in Hacienda Luisita too and I am fully aware of the issues there. Convince me to vote for you. Please don’t let your crazy sister Kris do the talking. Thanks.

  22. 87

    michael said,

    As a senator Mr. Noynoy Aquino, what is the best thing you can do to help this government right now. We want action from you Sir Noynoy. Bakit di ka nagpunta sa maguindanao? Duwag ka ba?

  23. 89

    Dennis C. said,

    Ah ewan ko sa inyo! Kayo na lang ang magaling… *clap clap* (matigil lang kayo…)

    Basta ako, Noynoy is my president! Period.

  24. 90

    mark said,

    Hahaha! Quite a few haters in here…

    Taob naman lahat. Sorry.

  25. 91

    Chrisitine said,

    For me… I’ll support the government in declaring martial law in mAguindanao. Sobra na kasi ang awayan. Personal na away at nadadamay ang ibang mga tao sa patayan. kawawa naman sila. Kung kailangan mag-declare ng Martial Law.. go!!! E-declare na.. pero dapat sa Maguindanao lang.

    • 92

      arlin said,

      some people here agreed with the proclamation of martial law in maguindanao.. only in maguindanao. but the ampatuans are being held in manila now, right? what if their supporters and private armies suddenly flock in the city and try to rescue their beloved murderers? manila will then be in rebellion threat so martial law can also be proclaimed there.. i’m wondering if those who agreed now will still agree if my creepy thought happens..

  26. 93

    Rosauro Feliciano said,

    My Fellow Countrymen, as a senior citizen of the land may I be allowed to think aloud? The very reason why I want to express my opinion about this imposition of the martial law in Maguindanao, is not only because of my right to do so as every citizen has, but it is precisely because I experienced such a situation and above all I was in the military serving the Philippine Marines. Before I my first baptism in the firing line against the MNLF in Sulu, I was belittle-ling my fellow Marines who engaged the rebels before my assignment in the very place where they met the followers of Misuari. I lost some of my men whom I considered among the bravest in the Marines and the situation was worse than what had happened to those before me. That situation in 1973-1974 was a metaphor or allegory of saying that “to say is different than when you are doing about what you are saying.”

    We must not be taken for a ride on what Mr. Noy is saying because by doing is different than by saying. I am sure Maguindanao is no different than Sulu and Basilan. This is compounded by the fact that there are three rebellious groups of people in the area, the MILF, NPA, and the Private Armies of politicians brought about by our own government not to mention anymore about the pseudo pacified MNLF. I say pseudo because it appears that the peace agreement we have with the MNLF is artificial and why? It is because they were accused to beheading my fellow Marines last year. (By the way, a Marine is always a Marine and this is why I still have to say “my fellow Marines”.

    Now let me concentrate on what Mr. Noy is saying about to swiftly order charges against ALL those who carried out lawless orders of Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. Mr. Noy should realize that our country is a country of laws whether we want to believe it or not, yes we are a country of laws. While it is true that we have many laws, it is equally true that we have many corrupt government officials as well who circumvent our many laws and so no one can deny that our beautiful country is a country of laws. For how can our agents of the laws prosecute people without gathering substantial and objective evidences? There had been many cases brought to courts and ended up to now where because of what is termed “technicalities” and or evidences that can not be accepted in courts. Why in the first place there was a need to apply “diplomacy” in convincing Andal Ampatuan Jr. to give-in to the agent of the law? My friends, had it not done the way it was, there would have been great loss of lives and it would be one of most difficult situations to disarms the more three hundred members of the private army of the Ampatuan. I experienced such a situation at a time when there is lack of diplomacy in enforcing laws to rebellious people who fights back. We people have such an inborn gift of “pride” that we fight back whether we are guilty or not if we are driven against the wall. The fact that Andal Jr. surrendered peacefully means diplomacy works. To declare martial law instead of state of emergency in the early stage of the situation would have meant a head-on collision with human rights. The HR organization is the most vociferous organization against the military and surprisingly not saying anything when the Marines were beheaded by the bandidos in Basilan. Putting Maguindanao under martial law at this time is the most fortunate because the MILF and the NPA believe that this is the time for them to act in discrediting the authority of the government.

  27. 94

    Doctor of Law said,

    I think that the declaration of martial law is an overkill. I feel that this administration is testing the waters for the future. If they can declare it without so much protest then they can get away with it some other time. People must be vigilant. Let us always be wary. We know that this adminstration will do anything to perpetuate itself in power.

  28. 95

    emmanski said,

    GMA has gone rouge.

  29. 96

    Which claims were one sided or biased? Please be specific on the exact sentences and let`s criticize it…as we must :)

  30. 97

    Which statements are biased?
    Let us criticise it as we should…
    Please state your claim concretely.

    Thanks

  31. 98

    jaja62 said,

    Ang gulo-gulo nating mga pilipino, walang martial law may martial law ang gulo natin. Our focus here is not the martial law, we are getting justice for those who sensely killed by the AMPATUANS. Whatever measure to be able to get the killers are barely considered and accepted. Kahit ano pa yan basta HUSTISYA ang gusto ko I don’t mind if we can crash them down by declaring Martial law so be it! I want them now as soon as possible.

  32. 99

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  33. 100

    lol said,

    Hey people go to work stopped making noise in here let the gov’t. officials to solve the problem. Filipinos do a lot of talking instead of working geeeeeeeeee no wonder filipinos are low life.

  34. 101

    homerwells said,

    Back to the original topic, I’m not a constitution expert but from what I gather on the posts here, the constitution requires that for martial law to be imposed (1) there should be an invasion or a rebellion (sp?) going on and (2) it’s for the public safety.

    I think both conditions have been satisfied if we are to believe that a rebellion was really in the offing (who among us here could reliably say there was none?) and that the government is doing what it thinks is best given the situation. The opposition on the other hand, it seems to me, is doing its best to use this to create shadows to scare the people again…

    Ang dali sabihin na the government should have done this and that no?

    Mr Noynoy in all your years as a senator and as a congressman ano ang mga nagawa mo to avert this kind of situation? If any?

    =========

    @noypipol admin – suggestion lang, to make this blog appear more serious, please change Mr Noynoy’s picture at the top – it looks out of character for Noynoy and comes off as trying very very hard to emulate his late father. I understand you’re trying to package Noynoy as Ninoy but hey, it’s not working. Thanks!

  35. 102

    Bong said,

    This is all NoyNoy publicity. He doesn’t even know how our president keep safety for those people in Maguindanao. Noynoy be a filipino!, you cannot save those people lives if you are always in opposite side. Be realistic, you don’t know nothing at all. Your popularity, is due to your parents popularity. All we need to do right now is not to politicize this issue, support the governement initiative and if you don’t, you have any alternative as to how to solve this problem? I hope so…

  36. 103

    jaja62 said,

    This is the most outrageous one than martial law a word coming from the first gent Mike Arroyo “WHY WERE NOT OUR MEDIA PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH – AND SO THEY WERE KILLED.” Iyan pa ba ang marinig natin sa “ama ng bayan” na pinatay ng nga ng mga kaibigan nila(the Ampatuans) kung magsulat man ang mga media tungkol sa kanila iyon ang dapat lang kasi, “ANG KAKAPAL PO NILA NA HAYAGANG GINAGAWA ANG MGA PAGNANAKAW SA KABAN NG BAYAN AT KUNG UMASTA SILA AY PARA SILANG MGA KUNG SINONG HARI PARANG WALA NA SILANG KATAPUSAN SA MUNDO.” Sa isang tahanan po ang magulang po ang nagpapakita ng halimbawa sa mga anak, kung sila man ay sinasaling ng mga media it is because they ‘ve done wrong for people. Meron silang gingagawang mali which bilang isang presidente at pamilya ng presidente na kasama sa kurakutan ay hindi dapat gawin. The words he spouted for killed media is not appropriate. Thisword is coming from uneducated people. Sana pagsisihan nya sinabi nya if he has a conscience which I doubt it.

  37. 105

    It is clear. NO invasion or rebellion, NO martial law.

  38. 107

    I hate to think that GMA had to declare Martial Law because the military men and the police force assigned in Maguindanao were inept in doing their jobs or it could be that their presence were not enough. The media did their job well in exposing the private arsenal/s of the Ampatuans. It is shocking to see so much arms/ammunitions buried or kept by this family. The question is, where did they come from? I am an ordinary citizen and news like this makes me feel uncertain where this administration is heading to because the government and some politicians are allegedly the suppliers (?). The declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao is alarming and it makes me more nervous than secured. People find it as an attempt for GMA to remain in power. It is high time for the government to listen to the sentiments of the people. What we want is peace and corrupt ridden governance.

    • 108

      “It is high time for the government to listen to the sentiments of the people. What we want is peace and corrupt ridden governance.”

      Eileen, I could not have said it better!

      Also, last arms delivery to Ampatuans, sources say was in June 2009, purportedly from DND.

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