The real fight
Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010
THERE’S THE RUB
By Conrado de Quiros
I’M GLAD THAT AT LEAST WE’RE NOT shrugging off our shoulders and muttering, “Let’s move on” the way we did before, taking our cue from the bishops. I’m glad that we’re cursing the darkness rather than lighting a candle (sometimes that’s better) and taking to the streets to rail against it.
It of course is the justice department, truly a Newspeak to end all Newspeaks, dropping murder charges against Zaldy Ampatuan and company, an obscenity to end all obscenities. Earlier the courts acquitted them of rebellion charges, which already signaled the way this case was going to go. All this restores the Ampatuans to their station in life and allows them to wreak all sorts of mayhem in their fiefdom all over again.
I’m glad we’re not slinking away like whipped dogs and whining “Life goes on” the way we did before. But I mind that we didn’t do so sooner. Wasn’t it obvious this would happen?
Click Conrado de Quiros.
Stormy days ahead for Al Agra
AT LARGE By Rina Jimenez-David
SUSPICIOUS INDEED IS THE TIMING OF THE order of Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra clearing two suspects in the Maguindanao Massacre. Agra, who assumed his post just over a month ago, has said that after a thorough study of the documents filed by investigators and prosecutors and the testimonies of witnesses, he decided that suspended ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and his uncle Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan Sr. were not involved in the killings and ordered them released.
But several people, among them Maguindanao gubernatorial candidate Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, believe there is more to the release of the two Ampatuans than meets the eye. Zaldy Ampatuan in particular, he said, is an “expert” in poll manipulation and he is needed to help assure victory for whoever it is Malacañang is backing in both the national and local elections.
Maguindanao, if you will remember, has always been a hotly-contested area, being among the perennial tail-enders in reporting election results. It has been known as fertile ground for transacting last-minute electoral victories for desperate candidates. In 2007, Maguindanao stunned the rest of the nation when it reported a 12-0 result in the national senatorial elections, all in favor of the administration candidates and bucking the national trend. Chavit Singson, who fared poorly in other parts of the country, emerged as No. 1, although in the end it was Miguel Zubiri who managed to squeak in at 12th place.
Click Rina Jimenez David