Posted by: JWP | 11/30/2009

Philippine Gov’t exe mobbed at rally for massacre victims

Palace exec mobbed at rally for massacre victims

By Tetch Torres

First Posted 11:13:00 11/30/2009

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) Protesters calling for justice for victims in the Mindanao massacre booed and threw garbage at Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, who tried to talk to protesters.

Shouting “tuta (lapdog)” and “berdugo (executioner),” protesters insisted Remonde should not be given the chance to address the public.

Remonde, who walked for a few meters from Malacanang to the rally site in Mendiola, tried to pacify the crowd by blowing kisses but crumpled paper and bottles flew his way.

The press secretary was immediately whisked away by the police. read more


Gov’t reluctant to crack down on Ampatuans

By Amando Doronila

Philippine Daily Inquirer

First Posted 04:01:00 11/30/2009

The government has come under fire from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for an “overly cautious response” to the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao as it attempted to reassert its authority over feuding warlords.

CHR Chair Leila de Lima found the arrest of the principal suspect, Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. of Datu Unsay town, came “rather slowly”—three days after the massacre—amid mounting evidence that he was the mastermind and that he participated in the slaughter and signs that the government was coddling other members of the Ampatuan clan.

The Ampatuan family, a political ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has clamped tight control on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) since 2001. read more

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