MANILA - Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno on Monday defended Proclamation 1959 declaring martial law in Maguindanao saying President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's declaration of a state of emergency last November 24 was not enough.
I believe the president did the right thing. Sugapa na sa kasamaan at katiwalian ang Mindanao specially in the Maguindanao region where the highest officials there are the ones involved in the massacre.
Arroyo's declaration of martial law in Maguindanao is not THE solution to the present crisis in the area, yet an added burden, another misuse and abuse of the duly-prostituted Constitution under this administration.
Because of the terrible experience of most people with martial law under the Marcos regime, everyone is wary that the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Maguindanao is a test (or a prelude to) possible declaration of state of national emergency (or martial law ) so that GMA would continue to remain in power.
Masaker sa Maguindanao. Pagpa-file ng kandidatura ng Pangulo sa Kongreso. Pagpapataw ng martial law sa Maguindanao. Pambobomba sa Jolo, Sulu. Ito kaya ay mga pahiwatig sa mas malalaking kaganapang maaaring sumambulat sa atin?
A retired military general has admitted that it was the government that armed the Ampatuans. This was the statement of retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan who is making his rounds in the country as he announces his bid for a Senate seat in the May 2010 elections.
MANILA - The Ampatuans carry enough weapons to arm at least 2 Army battalions, representatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Monday.
I am a Mindanaoan born in Sarangani Province. Though Sarangani Province is a relatively peaceful province we all know that Mindanao as a whole is not. I come home every year to visit my homeplace. I travel up and down Mindanao but the ARMM region is a no-go place.
SHARIFF AGUAK - The Philippine government has branded a former ally in the troubled south of the country an enemy of the state, raising questions as to why it backed the warlord for nearly a decade.
MANILA - The judge handling the case of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. has put on hold the mayor's petition for bail.