Noynoy and Mar demand swift and decisive action on Maguindanao massacre
The innocent victims of the Maguindanao massacre and their grieving families deserve no less than the full force of the law against the brutal perpetrators of this unspeakable crime.
We know that the President possesses the power and authority to act firmly and swiftly. Under the PNP Law, she can order the suspension and withdraw the deputation of chief local executives as representatives of the NAPOLCOM in their respective jurisdiction. This effectively removes any power the local chief executives may exercise over the police force assigned in their respective local government units.
The body count in Maguindanao has risen above 50. Primary suspects have been identified by witnesses. However, we have found the government response to this slaughter of innocents severely lacking. Worse, because we know that the power and authority to do more is vested in Executive agencies under the control of the President, and that they have exercised this power and authority swiftly in the past, we conclude that in the case of Maguindanao, this administration has chosen to turn a blind eye. Read the rest of this entry »
by Leah Navarro
Light a candle for Connie.
Concepcion “Connie” Jayme-Brizuela was only fifty-six when she was viciously murdered. She was shot in the face and chest several times, her brother Manuel Jayme could not fathom why anyone would use so much force against a woman that stood at only 4’8”. Her mother, Irene Gepolio-Jayme, was too distraught to cry upon seeing Connie’s body. Mothers should never see their children so violated. Connie’s three children did not deserve to be orphaned so soon. Read the rest of this entry »
Noynoy files resolution for the immediate investigation of the Maguindanao Massacre
“Today, I filed a resolution with the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines, condemning the gruesome and brutal murders of Vice Mayor Bae Eden Mangudadatu, Genalyn Mangudadatu, and the countless innocents and members of the media who were slaughtered like animals by unknown armed men on November 23, 2009, while on their way to the provincial office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.
“I commiserate with Toto Mangudadatu and his family, and to all the relatives of the victims whose lives were taken away by an act guided by neither ideology nor humanity.
“I call on the Senate to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the cruel and inhuman election-related massacre and carnage of innocent civilians in Maguindanao Province; the Senate must also direct its appropriate committees to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into this unparalleled and gruesome incident, with the end in view of proposing legislative measures that would effectively promote lasting peace and prosperity in Mindanao. Read the rest of this entry »