Immediate, impartial investigation on Ampatuans NOW

In recent days, military raids in Maguindanao have revealed much more than high-caliber firearms; the raids have made public 16 homes in Davao City and 14 mansions in Maguindanao, all belonging to the Ampatuans.

While the Ampatuans wallow in splendor and grandeur, their constituents suffer the hardship of squalor and poverty that is prevalent in the third poorest province in the country.

The question is, where did all this wealth come from? Gov. Andal Ampatuan’s Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN) for 2002 shows only a net worth of P11 million. As public servants, Gov. Ampatuan and the rest of his family must answer to the people for amassing a suspicious amount of wealth while in power.

More importantly, the discovery of thousands of voter’s identification cards and other election materials in the home of Shariff Aguak Mayor Anwar Ampatuan is a tell-tale sign of the source of their wealth, and is further evidence of the long-standing rumors that the powerful Ampatuan clan was involved in rigging the 2004 and 2007 elections.

It is no secret that the Ampatuans count themselves as the staunch allies of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and that the province where the Ampatuans have wielded their iron grip for more than a decade is a known bulwark of the administration. The tragedy in Maguindanao has now shed light into the ghost of electoral fraud that has continued to haunt GMA’s presidency.

We have had enough. We call on the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice to conduct an immediate and impartial investigation into the apparent ill-gotten wealth that is a stark example of the corruption that has eroded our democracy, and the fruits of this administration’s efforts to deceive our people of its legitimacy.

Atty. Edwin Lacierda
Presidential Campaign of Benigno S. Aquino III

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    Ito ang sinasabi ko mafia bakit napapayagfan sa pilipinas ganyan nakakakilabot na pangyayari na payagan manakaw para sa taong bayan, isn’t that obvious, dine sa america ang ganyan – the judgment will be l00 percent – zero – automataic tanggal dine yan no questions asked! Iyong gobernador ng chicago, illinois, telephone converstaion lang, pinagtatanggol ko nga gobernador kc sinabi lang nia “flippin golden” sa tagalog balo=baligtarin mo man ginto – ang interpretation nila dyan, gumagawa ng pera governor or ibig ng ousted governor, bayaran siya if ever he willl apoint a senator to replace the vacant position left by pres. obama. tanggal ang governor, 52 – 0 judgment ng senate dine, i don’t know kung senate or ano dine but ganyan judgment. Ako wala ako alam sa pulitika, ordinaryong pilipino ako diyan, mahirap as in mahirap, so i know, kung paano maging mahirap. Dine sa america mahirap din ako pero may justice system dine hindi din perfecgt pero hindi kasing brutal sa pili;inas, naghahanap ako kahit isang miserable bahay naligaw kami minsan, wala ako nakita bahay na kasing miserable sa pilipinas. Grabe dyan halos wala na kaluluwa mayayaman natitiis nila sa carton nakatira mga tao, diyos ko maawa ka!

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    16 homes in davao city, 14 mansions in maguindanao, ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? a billion question mark is not enough pero kung ako kay bulilit tutulad ako sa america like clinton and buish bumaba ng maayos kaysa ipipilit nia sarili nia sa shame na yhan, naku, huwag na siya makinig sa mga advises nia at wala na sila sa sarili nila pag-iisip, mahirap mabuhay ng wala na dignity, kung akoganyan kayaman ko na ibabalik ko sa bayan tulong na wala ng kapalit dahil nakakahiya liderato nila, nakakakilabot na, pakapalan na, diosko, dine sa america hinaharap nila kahihiyan, inaamin nila kaya ginagalang pa din sila kaysa buking na hihirit pa ay naku shame shame shame to the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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