Friday, November 27, 2009

Justice for the Victims of Ampatuan Massacre

Just got a doze of news from the Philippines, few headlines made me furious. No, not the Manny Pacquiao-Krista Ranillo affair. But the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao due to political rivalry, victims are mostly women and journalists. Just how dirty politics in the Philippines are, people are willing to kill people just to be on top, as the alleged suspect behind the massacre is no other than the reigning Mayor of Ampatuan. The victims are supporters and family members of Vice Mayor of Buluan, Toto Mangudadatu, about to file his candidacy for a governatorial seat in the 2010 elections. Maguindanao, one of the province in ARMM (autonomous region of Muslim Mindanao), was known to be ruled by a political dynasty of Ampatuans. The reigning governor is Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr., a known ally of PGMA, grooming his son, to take over his seat in 2010. It disturbs me a lot to know it was planned long before the act, as graves were known ready made beforehand. Some victims are found raped, beheaded and some even tortured to death. Such heartless acts only monsters and demons could do, I pray for equal justice for the vitims, whoever the perpetrators are, time and destiny will condem your deeds and Karma will go next.

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