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Philippine Government Finds the Butchers of Maguindanao Innocent

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Can’t say I’m surprised. Two more lackeys of the U.S.-Arroyo Regime are cleared of mass murder. The Philippine Inquirer reports:

A Justice Department move to drop murder charges against two members of the Ampatuan clan who were previously implicated in the Maguindanao massacre has reaped a whirlwind of protests.

One senator lambasted the action of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra as pure hogwash. Others suspected it was done in exchange for votes for President Macapagal-Arroyo’s candidates in the May 10 elections, while one lawyer said it proved the victims of the massacre would not get justice under the present administration.

A Roman Catholic Church official, Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, said one could not help but suspect “a collusion” between the administration and the Ampatuans.

The protests were sparked by Agra’s order to state prosecutors to drop the murder indictments against Zaldy Ampatuan, the suspended governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and Mayor Akmad Ampatuan Sr.

As readers of my blog may know the Ampatuan clan, allies of the current Philippine president, orchestrated the massacre of 57 people, many of whom were journalists and family members of a rival clan within Maguindanao.

While President Obama has said that Arroyo has been advancing human rights in the Philippine the reality on the ground is strikingly different from the lofty words of Obama.  Even as he spoke those words last year organizers on the ground from various national democratic organizers (and others) knew that Arroyo was gearing up for a bloody 2010 due to the fact of her and her general’s determination to “crush the communist insurgency” which includes not only the underground Communist Party of the Philippines but also, in the eyes of the Arroyo regime, the legal mass-based organizations such as BAYAN and Anak Pawis.

Yet again, another example of the corrupted ruling elite subverting and undermining justice on crimes against the people.


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