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Philippine Daily Inquirer
After reading Belinda Olivares-Cunanan’s 10 December 2009 “Political Tidbits” column in the PDI, I was very alarmed to see that Mrs. Cunanan stated as a “fact” that Former President Corazon C. Aquino appointed Andal Ampatuan Sr. as OIC of Maganoy in 1986.
As an avid reader of the PDI, I am disappointed to see such an irresponsible statement printed, whether or not it is attributable to poor research or polluted sources.
What is perhaps more disturbing is that this malicious historical error has been refuted over and over by credible sources even from within your paper.
Furthermore, Fr. Eliseo “Jun” Mercado, OMI, has publicly corrected the outright lie that President Aquino appointed Andal Ampatuan Sr. as OIC.
The truth is that Ampatuan Sr. was already OIC of Maganoy (now Shariff Aguak) and was appointed by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, when President Aquino came to power. In fact, President Aquino *removed* the Ampatuan patriarch and replaced him with a non-political member of the Ampatuan clan, Datu Bodhi Ampatuan, who served as Chief of Police in Maguindanao.
Fr. Mercado, who was then parish priest and NAMFREL Chairman of Maguindanao, personally told Ampatuan Sr. that the latter was being replaced by President Aquino. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
A SOCIAL CONTRACT WITH THE FILIPINO PEOPLE
THE PLATFORM OF SENATOR BENIGNO “NOYNOY” S. AQUINO III
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A National Leadership in Need of Transformational Change
- Its legitimacy is under question;
- It persecutes those who expose the truth about its illegitimacy and corruption;
- It stays in power by corrupting individuals and institutions;
- It confuses the people with half-truths and outright lies;
- It rewards, rather than punishes, wrongdoing;
- It offers no lasting solutions for the many problems of the country;
- It weakens the democratic institutions that hold our leaders accountable.
- It hinders our local governments from delivering basic services;
- It has no vision of governance beyond political survival and self- enrichment.
A People Crying out for Change Read the rest of this entry »
August 25, 1973
Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III
P E R S O N A L
My dearest Son:
One of these days , when you have completed your studies I am sure you will have the opportunity to visit many countries. And in your travels you will witness a bullfight.
In Spanish bullfighting as you know, a man – the matador – is pitted against an angry bull.
The man goads the bull to extreme anger and madness. Then a moment comes when the bull, maddened, bleeding and covered with darts, feeling his last moment has come, stops rushing about and grimly turns his face on the man with the scarlet “muleta” and sword. The Spaniards call this “the moment of truth.” This is the climax of the bullfight.
This afternoon, I have arrived at my own moment of truth. After a lengthy conference with my lawyers, Senators Jovito R. Salonga and Lorenzo M. Tanada I made a very crucial and vital decision that will surely affect all our lives: mommie’s, your sisters’, yours and all our loved ones as well as mine. Read the rest of this entry »
by Michael Morco
In one photo, a woman presses a towel to her nose as tears roll down her face. Dangling from her index finger is a keychain with Corazon Aquino’s photo on it. She is an ordinary woman; we don’t know her name.
In another, a man bends over a coffin. To his right, there’s a tomb bearing the name “Ninoy” and beside it, a tombstone as yet unattached, bearing the name “Cory.” The man is Senator Noynoy Aquino, about to bury his mother. In a few days, he will embark on a journey his mother had gone through more than two decades before, but he does not know this yet.
These images were part of a photo exhibit at the Powerplant Mall in Makati honoring the late President Corazon Aquino. Titled “Cory… Isang Pagpupugay,” the exhibit features more than 60 photographs taken during Mrs. Aquino’s wake and funeral procession.
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