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Jun Mercado, OMI: No link between Cory and Ampatuans

DISCLAIMER: This text is redacted from Jun Mercado’s blog on GMA News. Read the full text here.

“These were the actual arrangements in the political chess board when the Massacre occurred in the Province of Maguindanao that fateful morning of the 23rd of November 2009.”


Background: What is warlordism?

The Maguindanao massacre brought to the fore the issue of ‘warlodism’ in Muslim Mindanao. 

Warlordism in the Philippines, especially in Muslim Mindanao, is primarily based on a feudal system that continues to characterize the power relations not only between clans and families but also between the central power (Manila) and the periphery.

Warlordism is often associated with two major issues. The first issue involves the control over the machineries of the state that includes the security sectors (PNP and the AFP).

The second issue is about lawlessness with impunity. 

The ‘warlords’ are sort of ‘sui generis’ – ‘the rule of law’ is understood as the execution of their whims and caprices.

In modern times, the power basis of the warlords is no longer measured by the blood ancestry but by the actual ‘connection’ of the warlords to the all powerful Presidency of the Republic. 

People cite the infamous three “Gs” – guns, goons, and gold – in the making of the warlords. 

But the sad tragedy is that these three “Gs” are government’s ‘properties’.

Under the present dispensation, particularly in the ARMM, people speak in whisper of yet another ‘G’. 

That fourth ‘G’ refers to Gloria or President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Read the rest of this entry »

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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.

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