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.
MANILA - Oblivious to protests against Martial Law, administration ally Lanao del Norte Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo wants Martial Law extended to Pantao Ragat municipality in Lanao Del Norte.
Ang pagdeklara ng Malakanyang ng Martial Law sa Maguindanao ay isang pag-amin ng namumuno na hindi nila kaya ang mga Ampatuan... Sa mga unang araw pagkatapos ang pangyayari na kasuklam-suklam, ang mga Militar at kapulisan natin ay nagbigay ng kasiguraduhan na kaya nilang ipagtanggol ang bayan sa anumang threath mapadayuhan man at lokal na mga gustong manggulo sa bansa.
MANILA (1st UPDATE) - Majority of the senators who attended a caucus on Monday morning were for the revocation of Proclamation 1959 imposing martial law in Maguindanao, according to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
MANILA - Business groups are divided over the government’s declaration of martial law in Maguindanao, with some welcoming it as a chance to contain "disorder" and others describing the move as bringing "more minuses than pluses."
MANILA - Former government auxiliary forces loyal to the powerful Ampatuan clan in Maguindanao have engaged the Philippine National Police in several clashes, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno said Monday.