Posted by: JWP | 12/02/2009

1000 cops to be relieved | Massacre: gov’t-tolerated warlordism | ARMM political clans into ‘lootable resources’

Over 1,000 cops to be relieved in Maguindanao—spokesman

By Abigail Kwok

INQUIRER.net

First Posted 13:02:00 12/02/2009

Filed Under: Police, Maguindanao Massacre, Election Violence

MANILA, Philippines – At least 1,092 policemen in Maguindanao will be relieved to pave the way for an “impartial investigation” on the massacre that occurred in the province last November 23, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

To date, 240 policemen were relieved and transferred to other provinces in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (map), said Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina. read more ……So now the question is: What are these cops going to do for money? Join the Moro Islamic Liberation Front? Maybe the Abu Sayaff? The Moro National Liberation Front maybe? They have a lot of options….

US suspends projects in Maguindanao click

PCPR: Massacre a by-product of gov’t-tolerated warlordism

NewsBreak Online TUESDAY, 01 DECEMBER 2009

The Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR) is in solidarity with the mourning nation. We are indignant on the gruesome, monstrous and ruthless massacre of people in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. The world grieves on this atrocious acts as the international community express their sympathy as well as calling for justice.

The said incident last November 23 that recorded more than 50 people barbarically killed by 100 armed men reportedly near a military detachment is despicable. read more

Photos of the Massacre – Warning: Not for the sensitive mind…here

ARMM political clans into ‘lootable resources’ –UK report

NewsBreak Online

Written by Frankie Llaguno

TUESDAY, 01 DECEMBER 2009

They use elective positions to earn from illicit trades, with Palace blessings

What will the Ampatuan and other clans lose if clan members fail to get elected to key positions in the 5 provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the coming elections?

Aside from power, there are the fund transfers between the central government and ARMM in the form of internal revenue allotments or IRA amounting to P2.23 billion in 2006 alone. read more

Below is the report on the surrender of the mastermind

Maguindanao massacre: A recollection of those 4 critical days

Written by: Dureza , Jesus

Tuesday, 01 December 2009

DAY 1: Nov 23 (Monday)

I was monitoring closely reports about a missing convoy in Maguindanao with media friends. Later in the day, reports of mass murder of the Mangudadatus were confirmed. Allegedly by Datu Unsay Ampatuan Jr. et al. My instincts told me this could very well be a very explosive situation. . When media called, I said I would recommend proclaiming a state of emergency. At 8 p.m. SND Bert Gonzales and I met. He told me the President had directed that I act as “crisis manager.”

DAY 2: Nov 24 (Tuesday)

Bert and I took the earliest flight to Gen Santos City. At the 601st brigade in Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat, briefings were held. Initial photos of the carnage were flashed on the screen. Gruesome! Next we met with the Mangudadatus, many of them my personal friends.

They were tense and angry. They wanted to retrieve the bodies immediately. They demanded justice, immediately. The Ampatuans did it, they said. After Bert and I expressed government’s resolve to do everything possible, Toto Mangudadatu said they will cooperate. No retaliatory action but government must give justice.

12 noon – A teleconferencing call connected Bert and me to the Palace where the President was presiding over a hastily called security meeting. We were getting specific instructions from her. So did Bert, PNP Chief Jess Versoza and AFP Vice CS Maclang who arrived with us. Her voice had that sense of urgency. Inputs from the other cabinet members were also relayed.

1 p.m. – The crisis management committee was activated. Assisting me were Eastmincom Gen Ferrer and PNP 12 Director Serapio.

2 p.m. – Bert left to fly back to Manila. Col Geslani, brigade commander assisted in setting up the command center. It was at this time that I operationalized an action plan I quietly formulated in my mind. It was a simple plan drawing lessons from past experiences.

3 p.m. – Having talked with the Mangudadatus, I decided to go see the Ampatuans in Shariff Aguak. I felt confident. Both families were my friends. And I had direct access to them. With my staff and without military escorts, except for one military officer, Col Macario as guide, I motored to the Ampatuan residence.

3:45 p.m. —I entered the Ampatuan fenced premises and the patriarch Gov. Andal Ampatuan, Sr. was there waiting for me. With him seated in a “ bahay kubo” on the sprawling grounds were several ARMM and Maguindanao officials and relatives. Armed followers were everywhere.

After informing Gov. Andal that my purpose in coming was because of the incident and that his son, Mayor Datu Unsay Ampatuan, Jr. was implicated , I told “Bapa” Andal that it would be best that the Ampatuans also “cooperate.” I said that Datu Unsay should submit to an investigation. He immediately said: “OK. Kausapin mo sya. Ipatawag ko si Datu Unsay. Basta kayo secretary walang problema.” I told him I wanted to see Datu Unsay as I got reports that he was missing or had escaped. Bapa said: “Hindi yan totoo. Darating si Datu Unsay. Magpakita sya sayo secretary.” Bapa Andal as usual, was a man of few words.

We then went inside the house to wait for the son’s arrival. In the meantime, ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and Cong. Digs Dilangalen arrived from the airport. Usec Zam Ampatuan, Atty. Cynthia Guiani Sayadi, among others were there too. I felt a bit tense and uncomfortable. I did not want to start talking about the incident until Unsay would arrive. We were chatting for about an hour trying to divert the issue and loosen up. A lively conversation centered on how many children some of their relatives had. One relative had 70 children. Of course from several mothers. Etc.

4:30 p.m. –   We waited…. read more

Misuari acquitted of rebellion

abs-cbnNEWS.com | 12/02/2009 12:46 PM

MANILA – A Makati City court on Wednesday morning acquitted former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Nur Misuari of rebellion charges.

The rebellion case was filed against Misuari after armed men allegedly under his command attacked in 2001 a military camp in Sulu to stop the elections for governor of the ARMM.

At least 100 people died in the attack. read whole report

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