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Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


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Erap vs. Villar: ‘Lintik lang ang walang ganti’
Big Deal by Dan Mariano

Estrada added that Villar violated the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act 6713) when he lobbied on behalf of his private business interests with the SEC and PSE. Villar was Senate president at the time.

To all this, Villar has responded with the oft-repeated claim that he did nothing illegal.

Using an argument reminiscent of Estrada’s own attempt to justify his ties to jueteng syndicates, Villar now insists that his representation—i.e. lobbying—for his companies with the PSE and SEC did not cost the government anything. He even helped raise millions of pesos for the National Treasury in the form of taxes, he added.

Click Dan Mariano

Agra shocker: Diversionary tactic?
By Ellen Tordesillas

WHILE everybody is busy moving heaven and earth to prevent Justice Alberto Agra from clearing Zaldy Ampatuan, former governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao, and his uncle Akmad of complicity in the Nov 23, 2009 massacre in Maguindanao, the government panel negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Muslim rebel group are moving towards signing an agreement that officials say would lead to peace in Mindanao but others are concerned that it could spark another round of war.

via Ellen Tordesillas

Endorsements
THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

OUR editorial last Friday pointed out what was monstrously wrong with it. Andal Ampatuan could not have mounted his, well, moro-moro—my profoundest apologies to Moros—last week, which was to don yellow and swear undying loyalty to Noynoy Aquino with the same fanatical fervor with which he swears death to his enemies, without the collusion of his jailers.

via Conrado de Quiros

Single issue voting a disservice to nation
DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco

One of the unfortunate developments in this election season is the rise of single issue groups. The issues at stake in our election are too complex to justify selecting a candidate on the basis of his or her stand on a single issue. Yet that is precisely what some groups are doing, to the utter disservice to our nation.

 It is an American thing, essentially propagated by the so-called Right to Lifers. But the Pinoy copycats are not far behind. Perhaps, it is something to be expected in this age when religious bigots are on the rise. The Taliban phenomenon is not just a Muslim problem but a Christian malady as well. Fundamentalist Christians are as unreasonably intolerant of contradictory views as their Fundamentalist Muslim counterparts, a condition anathema in a democratic society. 

Click Boo Chanco.

Comelec misinterprets parallel manual count
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

For two weeks the Comelec has been resisting proposals for a parallel manual count (PMC) of ballots. The poll body is doing so out of ignorance — even bad faith and deceit.

Three-dozen info-tech professional associations had thought up the PMC for believable election results. Only one of every two surveyed voters trusts the automated election system and believes the Comelec ready for it. So the IT men studied time-and-motion the manual checking of votes only for President, Vice President and Mayor. The process took only three, four or five hours, depending if clusters consisted of three, four or five precincts (600, 800, 1,000 voters). Such delay before transmitting tallies to canvassers on Election Day would be worth it, given a bridging of the credibility gap. With three teacher-officials manning each of the 76,340 clusters and 1,440 canvass centers, it would cost about P300 million in overtime pay. Again, a far cry from the P700 million that the Comelec was prepared to waste on useless but overpriced ballot secrecy folders. Business and lawyers’ groups liked the idea, and began lobbying with Comelec to adopt it.

via Jarius Bondoc

Election time legalities
Sounding BoardBy Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J.

FORGET about the President’s power to appoint a chief justice or even about gerrymandering in Camarines Sur and elsewhere; but do not lose heart. Just remember what one writer said about the Supreme Court: “Because the key phrases of the Constitution have such grand ambiguities, the Court has wide discretion in passing on matters with a constitutional dimension, and because such matters are likely to concern and affect the larger issues of life, the Court, in passing on them, exercises great political power . . . . The special burden of the Court, then, is to exercise great political powers while still acting like a court, or if we prefer, to exercise judicial powers over a wide domain while remaining, realistic, and alert as to the political significance of what it is doing.”

via Fr. Bernas

Avoiding a majority at all costs
THE LONG VIEW By Manuel L. Quezon III

WITH two weeks to go before Election day, there are four competitions simultaneously taking place when it comes to the presidency and vice presidency. The first is, of course, for frontrunner Benigno Aquino III, to maintain and improve his status. The second is for second place, between Manuel Villar Jr. and Joseph Estrada. The third is among everyone else, so that they can make a respectable showing and perhaps open up the possibility of a Senate bid in 2013 and another run for the presidency in 2016.

via Manolo Quezon

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Agra may reconsider after witness emerges — Palace

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


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The emergence of a new witness linking two Ampatuan clan members to the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last November 23 may prompt acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to reconsider his order clearing them of the murder charges, Malacañang said on Sunday.

Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said Agra had kept an open mind on the matter, to the point of setting up a committee to review his ruling.

“That may be new evidence. People should expect Secretary Agra to consider [the evidence] during the review,” Olivar said on government-run dzRB radio.

via GMANews.TV.

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Agra resignation calls mount

MANILA, Philippines – Two administration senatorial candidates have joined calls for the resignation of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra, saying his clearing of two members of the Ampatuan clan in last year’s Maguindanao massacre has cast doubts on his credibility as justice chief.

Former justice secretary Silvestre Bello III and broadcaster Rey Langit, Lakas-Kampi-CMD senatorial candidates, said Agra gained “public distrust” because of his move clearing Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan in the massacre of 57 people, including 32 journalists and two lawyers.
“This is just my personal thought, but I hope Secretary Agra will consider it because of the public outcry against his decision clearing the Ampatuans,” Bello said.

via Phil. Star

AND: Bacolod media hold torch march to press for Agra resignation

SO why is Malacañang speaking on behalf of Secretary Agra? Thought it didn’t have anything to do w/ Agra’s decision dismissing the charges against Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan? Hmmm…

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Int’l group may hale Arroyo to UN over Ampatuan case

Posted by akosistella on April 24, 2010


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An international media watchdog group threatened to hale President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo before a United Nations human rights body if her administration continues to do nothing to stop the impunity that has marred the process of the murder case stemming from the Nov. 23 Maguindanao massacre.

Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders)/RSF made the call in the wake of Justice Secretary Alberto Agras decision to clear two Ampatuan clan members of murder charges relating to the gruesome massacre.

“We hope that the purpose of the political will displayed after the massacre on this crucial matter for the international credibility of the Philippines was not just the immediate impact. We therefore urge you to reinforce the resources available to the judicial system and to guarantee its independence so that the trial will be exemplary and so that the massacre’s instigators as well as its perpetrators can be punished,” the group said in an open letter to Mrs. Arroyo signed by RSF secretary general Jean-François Julliard.

via GMANews.TV.

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Detainees now need DILG approval before holding press briefings

Detained persons will now need the personal approval of the Philippines’ Interior Secretary before being allowed to hold a press conference.

Previous jail policies only required approval from BJMP officials and consent from detainees and their lawyers, Chief Superintendent Serafin Barreto, chief of the BJMP-National Capital Region, said.

Rules covering these media briefings have been tightened after massacre murder suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr. was able to hold a press conference earlier this week.

via GMANews.TV

AND: Agra decision to form review panel known next week

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Op-ed pieces from the Manila Times and Inquirer

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


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Election-failure talk, what’s the point?
BY DAN MARIANO/Manila Times

Vigilance is one thing, but all this talk of “failure of elections” has got even supporters of the current survey leader increasingly worried.

Are the handlers of Sen. Benigno Aquino 3rd, or even Noynoy himself, not confident that they would be able to generate the level of voter support that would ensure victory on May 10?

In seeming contradiction to his status as consistent survey frontrunner, Noynoy does give the impression of insecurity, which could prove infectious and disastrous—to the Liberal Party (LP)—come election day.

Click Dan Mariano

Inquirer Editorial: The other kiss of death

THE PRIME SUSPECT BEHIND THE HORRIFIC massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, can endorse any presidential candidate he likes, or even as many candidates as there are days in a week, but can he call a news conference right in prison to announce his endorsement? That is the crucial question that must be asked about Tuesday’s political gimmick by Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr.

A gimmick it certainly was, but it was also yet another proof that justice for the rich and the well-connected is different from justice for the rest of us.

via INQUIRER.net.


‘Agra must reverse decision’
AT LARGE By Rina Jimenez-David

ACTING JUSTICE SECRETARY ALBERTO AGRA must reverse his decision freeing two members of the Ampatuan clan implicated in the Maguindanao massacre, Yasmin Busran Lao, a Liberal Party senatorial candidate said in a statement.

She certainly knows what she speaks of, being Muslim like the Ampatuans and having lived for much of her life with the consequences of war, violence and feudal social and political structures in Mindanao.

Click Rina Jimenez David

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Palace to Agra: Review decision

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo ordered yesterday Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to review his decision clearing Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and acting Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan of murder charges in the killing of 57 people in Maguindanao last year.

In a statement, Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said Agra was told to confer with prosecutors to ascertain if any important evidence was not considered, presented, or available when he issued the controversial resolution.

“Then the secretary of Justice should publicly justify the final decision,” read the statement.

via Philippine Star.

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Agra’s boss to blame for clearing of Zaldy Ampatuan, says bishop

MANILA, Philippines—Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra may be taking all the heat now, but he is just a cog in the wheel.

At the center of the controversy hounding Agra is his boss and her close ties to the suspects in the chilling massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last November, according to retired Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz.

Agra has been the object of intense criticism for his decision to clear Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan of murder charges in connection with the massacre because of a purported lack of evidence. The main suspect in the killing is another Ampatuan scion, Andal Ampatuan Jr.

Inquirer.net

AND: Kin of massacre victims want Agra sacked as Justice chief

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Effing, Agra-vating ruling

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


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BIG DEAL
By Dan Mariano

As this was being written Monday morning, dozens of employees of the Department of Justice DOJ were reported to have staged a walkout.

They were protesting the decision of their own boss, DOJ Secretary Alberto Agra, to drop murder charges against two suspects in the November 23 massacre of 57 people in Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

According to Agra, he found no evidence that Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan were at the scene of the crime. Zaldy was governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Akmad mayor of Mamapasano municipality at the time of the grisly massacre of media workers, lawyers and members of a rival political clan.

The walkout was the latest tremor to rock the DOJ since Agra took over from Agnes Devanadera who stepped down to run for public office in February. The department employees certainly have cause to feel resentful.

Agra’s resolution exonerating the two ranking members of the powerful Ampatuan clan was announced to the media late Friday. However, there are indications that the ruling was released earlier in an apparent bid to expedite the release of Zaldy and Akmad prior to their transfer to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

Click Dan Mariano.

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Baby James and the Villar campaign

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


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By DUCKY PAREDES

THE latest Pulse Asia presidential survey shows Manny Villar trailing Noynoy Aquino by 12 statistical points. With an estimated 50 million voters, one statistical point translates to roughly 500,000 votes. Consequently, considering that the survey has a plus or minus margin of error of two percent, Villar would need 5,000,000 to 7,000,000 votes just to catch up with the leader. With just 19 days to go before the elections, that will require quite a sprint.

More significantly, Villar’s survey ratings for the past three cycles have been on a steady decline. From a high of 35 percent, it dropped to 27 percent, and finally to 25 percent. Those 10 to 14 percentage points can be interpreted as a minimum of 5,000,000 people becoming disillusioned with Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga.

Villar and his wife Cynthia have been quoted many times as saying that these survey results do not bother them at all. Is that grace under pressure, or simply false bravado?

Click DUCKY PAREDES.

Obscene
By ELLEN TORDESILLAS

IT’S so obscene, I can’t find the right words to express my outrage over the gall of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to clear Zaldy Ampatuan, suspended governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao, and his uncle Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan Sr. of complicity in the most heinous crime this country has experienced and shocked even the a violence-weary world.

It’s also obscene hearing Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar describe as “an obscenity” the public’s accusations about Malacañang’s role in absolving the two Ampatuans of responsibility in the Nov 23 Maguindanao massacre that claimed the lives of at least 57 people, 32 of them journalists.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility is right. “The real and current obscenity in this country is the fact that the alleged president for whom Olivar speaks has become central to the major issues that beset this country, most particularly that of whether there will be a change in its putrid leadership rather than more of the same despite the 2010 elections.

Click Ellen Tordesillas

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The real fight

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


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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

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Legal moves afoot to disbar Agra

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


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SENATE President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada on Tuesday moved to disbar acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra for exonerating two prime suspects in the Ampatuan Massacre of 57 people, including 30 journalists.

Estrada was reacting to the decision of Agra to drop the multiple-murder charges against suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Zaldy Ampatuan and former Maguindanao vice governor Akmad Ampatuan for last year’s mass murder of family members and supporters of their rivals from the Mangudadatu clan, and journalists accompanying the Mangundadatu convoy.

Estrada accused Agra of “blindly following an order from Malacañang and allowing himself to be used as a willing tool of the administration in repaying its political gratitude to the powerful Ampatuan clan.”

Click BusinessMirror

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Outrage over Agra rising

MANILA, Philippines—Please wear black on Wednesday.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) urged the public to wear black to express “rage and disappointment” over the decision of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to drop murder charges against two members of the Ampatuan clan.

The group also called on the public to gather at the Department of Justice at 4 p.m. Wednesday, along with the families of the 32 media workers killed in Maguindanao in November last year.

“Let us light candles for peace, and show that we will not be cowed, certainly not by those who allow themselves to be tools of injustice and impunity,” the NUJP said in a statement.

via INQUIRER.net.

Palace tells DOJ to get act together

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Tuesday asked the squabbling Justice Secretary Alberto Agra and state prosecutors to get their act together as President Macapagal-Arroyo and her advisers were determining whether she should step in on their row.

The prosecutors are opposing Agra’s order clearing two members of the Ampatuan clan of multiple murder charges for the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last year.

But this early, Sen. Edgardo Angara, a close ally of the President, said while Agra’s decision brought a “bad reaction” from the public, there was no need for the President to intervene.

via Inquirer.net

AND: SC junks Taguig’s plea vs Ampatuans

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DOJ chief denies he was paid to absolve 2 Ampatuans

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra on Tuesday denied allegations he was paid to absolve 2 leaders of the Ampatuan clan from the Maguindanao massacre.

He also threatened to file a case against one of the private prosecutors representing the family of the 57 people killed in Maguindanao province last year.

“Sa ngayon ay pinag-iisipan ko ang aking options sa kanyang pahayag na ako ay nabayaran (I’m studying my options against her statement that I was paid),” Agra told radio dzMM, referring to Nena Santos, lawyer for the families of the massacre victims.

Agra said it's easy for Santos to make unfounded allegations because she has no accountability. He said there is no truth to Santos's allegations.

Santos said on Monday that money could have been a factor in Agra’s decision to exonerate suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan and former Mamasapano town mayor Akmad Ampatuan Sr. from the Maguindanao massacre.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Phil. Star opinions

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


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An unexpected added impetus – the TIME Magazine cover
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo

Your Chair Wrecker first met our late “Icon and Saint of Democracy” — as TIME Magazine had hailed Cory C. Aquino — in her Times Street residence, sometime in late 1983, when I accompanied our late STAR Chairman Emeritus, Betty G. Belmonte. Betty had sought to interview Cory about her thoughts on the approaching Christmas season which would be the first Christmas the Aquino family will have without husband and father Ninoy.

Among the many topics we talked about, Cory shared a discussion she once had with Ninoy, whose assassination led to the 1986 People Power Revolution. Per Cory, Ninoy intimated how he felt that a person can apply all human and worldly means to attain a high public office but when it came to the presidency — it is a public office that is made in Heaven.

Click William M. Esposo.

Agra says Ampatuans were elsewhere that day
POSTSCRIPT By Federico D. Pascual Jr.

CASE REVIEW: Like countless others enraged by the massacre last Nov. 23 of 57 individuals, 31 of them media workers, I was taken aback by news that two members of the Ampatuan clan blamed for the mass murder had been cleared by Justice Secretary Alberto Agra.

I was riled enough to start writing a piece assailing Agra’s reversing a recommendation of state prosecutors finding enough evidence to support charges in court. But when I read the secretary’s explanation, I held back, presuming that his appreciation of the facts and evidence was fair.

Click Federico Pascual Jr.

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The Daily Tribune commentaries

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


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When good men do nothing
NO HOLDS BARRED By Armida Siguion Reyna

Last week, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. announced his resignation as Philippine ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations to “campaign for change,” effective April 1. He talked like he had only recently found out what this government’s been doing all along, so I thought it was an April Fools’ joke.

Speaking as if he had nothing to do with installing Gloria Arroyo in the first place, he said the country “can never forget” this dispensation’s corruption. Since when, his recognition of unforgettable sleaze? How long, after swearing in Glora Arroyo as president on Edsa in 2001? Why is he complaining only now, when he did not as much as comment on “Hello Garci?” Joc-joc Bolante and the fertilizer scam? The NBN-ZTE deal? The Le Cirque dinner for Gloria and company that cost the Filipino taxpayer close to $20,000, or P954,000? Etcetera, etcetera?

via Armida Siguion Reyna.

Return to the wild, wild west
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Government appears to be in complete chaos — and this, even before the chaos that is expected to occur during and shortly after election day, with massive disenfranchisement and counting machines breaking down, not to mention massive fraud that all point to a no presidential and senatorial proclamation scenario.

Something is terribly wrong in a bureaucracy where subalterns openly object to what their chief says and does, as in the case of the announced dropping of the murder charges against two Ampatuans: ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and his cousin, former Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan.

via Daily Tribune

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Erap says he’s for Gibo

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya , Philippines – Former President Joseph Estrada disclosed here over the weekend that if he was not running for president he would vote for administration presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr.

Estrada, presidential bet of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, cited Teodoro’s brilliance and ability to lead the nation.

“My only edge (over Teodoro) is my popularity and vast experience (in public service) while Gibo has the makings of a great leader,” he said.

via Philippine Star.

MEANWHILE:

Teodoro: Case vs Ampatuans strong enough to stand in court

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines — For administration standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr., the multiple murder case against the powerful Ampatuan clan was strong enough to even merit a conviction.

“What solid evidence do they still need other than the over 50 people killed in Maguindanao?” asked Teodoro on Monday, slamming the decision of the Department of Justice to drop two prominent members of the Ampatuan family from murder cases in connection with the Nov. 23 massacre in Maguindanao.

via Inquirer.net

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Villar’s wife never visited Ampatuan patriarch – military exec

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


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• But Remulla did, says another military officer

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A military spokesman on Monday denied that Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar visited Andal Ampatuan Sr. at his hospital room inside Camp Panacan weeks ago in preparation for the dropping of charges against one of his sons and a relative in connection with the November 23 Maguindanao massacre.

“No Cynthia Villar,” said Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson of the Eastern Mindanao Command.

Cynthia Villar is the wife of Nacionalista Party presidential candidate and Senator Manuel Villar.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: No deal with the Ampatuans-Villar

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Mangudadatu links clearance of 2 Ampatuans to poll fraud plot

MANILA, Philippines — Maguindanao gubernatorial bet Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu warned on Monday that acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra’s decision to drop charges against two prominent members of the Ampatuan clan over the November 23 massacre was connected to a plot to cheat in the May 10 presidential elections.

Mangudadatu, currently the vice mayor of Buluan town in Maguindanao, arrived at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday afternoon to confirm for himself the news that Agra has scrapped the multiple murder charges against suspended Governor Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Akmad Ampatuan.

“Mga Ampatuan magagaling sa election fraud. Magagaling yan. Si Zaldy ‘yan ang expertise niya, kung paano gawin madaya ang resulta ng election. Palagay ko gagamitin ‘yan. Hindi ko lang alam pero magagamit ‘yan (The Ampatuans are very good in election fraud. That is Zaldy’s expertise, how to manipulate the election results. I think he will be used. I’m not sure how but he will be used),” he told reporters.

Click Inquirer.net

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Defense reporters, DOJ prosecutors assail DoJ chief over raps drop

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Journalists covering the defense beat on Monday added their voice assailing the decision of the Department of Justice (DoJ) to absolve two Ampatuan clan members from the murder charges in connection with the Maguindanao massacre.

“We, the members of the PNP (Philippine National Police) Press Corps, denounce the recent DoJ ruling dismissing the murder charges against Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan,” journalists assigned in Camp Crame said in a statement.

The group directly linked Malacañang to the controversial decision of acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to exonerate the two clan members.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Prosecutors decry ‘lack of courtesy’ in dropping of murder raps vs 2 Ampatuans

A panel of government prosecutors on Monday claimed to have been bypassed by Justice Secretary Alberto Agra in his decision to clear two members of the Ampatuan clan in the massacre of 57 people in Maginadanao last year.

A GMA Flash Report quoted the prosecutors as saying that Agra had not consulted them, as a matter of courtesy, before he ordered the dropping of multiple murder charges against detained Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and cousin Akmad Ampatuan, mayor of Mamasapano town in Maguindanao.

via GMA News.TV

FROM ABS-CBN’s Ces Drilon (10 am) via Facebook: “Govt prosecutor Richard Fadullon arrives at DÔJ: ‘we can’t be silent. We have to speak out against questionable process in release of resolution regarding the dropping of charges vs Zaldy and Ahmed Ampatuan. We were the last to know.’ “

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