A lot of us were shocked about this breaking massacre news in Maguindanao last Monday, November 23, 2009. This brutal killing lead to the death of 57 people, more than a dozen were Journalists, lawyers, and the Mangudadatu women. They were on their way to the local Comelec office in Shariff Aguak to file a certificate of candidacy for the upcoming 2010 Philippine national elections.
Come to think of it, the formal elections period has not yet started, even the campaign period is still on its hibernating state. It was just the COC filing, and yet, the brutal killings have already started terrorizing innocent lives. And indirectly, this has also affected a lot of voters, specially in Maguindanao area, who are to vote the leader of their own choice. But what will happen now, now that a fearsome action has took place, now that a gruesome example of what you would become when you go against the tyrant will of those who possess the evil minds to wipe you out of your lives?
I myself, have a lot to say and react about this unjustifiable and inhuman acts of those power hungry people. Even to those who are directly and indirectly involved in this massacre. The militia men who are supposedly upholder and protector of such violence neglected and rejected to do their duties. They are meant to act as an auxiliary force to the military and police in fighting rebels and criminals but often serve as a politician's private army. According to Army intelligence operatives of battalions under the 601st Brigade said they had informed their superiors, all under Col. Medardo Jeslani, Commander of the Army’s 601st Brigade, of the presence of the suspects last Friday. An Army agent told the reporters: “I was told by my superiors that we can’t do anything because it’s a political thing and that we should not interfere”.
The death of over a dozen innocent journalists in this massacre planted fear, terror, angst, and tears into the hearts of every media men. The GMA Network, one of the country's leading TV and Media broadcasting channel, released a statement of their grief and call for justice. You may read their official statement here.
A timeline of the massacre incident can also be viewed at the GMANews website (flash player for IE/Firefox plugin is required).
December 23, 2009
December 22, 2009
December 21, 2009
December 20, 2009 12:00 AM 7 Maguindanao police officers face dismissal
December 19, 2009 12:00 AM Journalists confront massacre suspect
December 18, 2009
December 17, 2009 12:00 AM
December 15, 2009 6:01 PM, Military clashes with armed supporters of Ampatuans
December 14, 2009 12:00 AM, Police files rebellion charges against 5 Ampatuans
December 13, 2009 12:00 AM
Ampatuan homes in M.M. under PNP surveillance
December 11, 2009 12:00 AM, Ermita: Martial law proclaimed without actual rebellion
December 10, 2009 12:00 AM,
More Witnesses coming out
December 8, 2009 12:00 AM, Supreme Court asked: End martial law
December 7, 2009 08:41 AM, DOJ: Evidence links Ampatuan Sr. to massacre, looming rebellion
December 6, 2009 12:00 AM, ARMM Governor, 8 other Ampatuans arrested
December 5, 2009 12:00 AM, Martial law set in Maguindanao
December 4, 2009 12:00 AM, Two Militiamen admits role in Maguindanao massacre
December 3, 2009 2:34 PM, Traces of sperm found in bodies of 5 female massacre victims
December 3, 2009 12:00 AM, Ampatuan Sr. files COC, indicted for massacre
December 2, 2009 10:09 PM, After the Massacre
December 1, 2009 12:00 AM, DOJ files 25 counts of murder vs Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr.
November 30, 2009 12:00 AM, Ampatuan clan planned massacre
November 29, 2009 12:00 AM, DOJ: Rasul sees conspiracy in massacre
November 28, 2009 12:00 AM, National Gov't Takes Over ARMM
November 27, 2009 12:00 AM, Ampatuan charged, points to MILF
November 26, 2009 12:20 PM, Massacre suspect surrenders.
November 25, 2009 12:00 AM, Maguindanao Massacre Timeline
November 24, 2009
November 23, 2009 5:15 PM, Wife of gubernatorial bet, 35 killed in Maguindanao
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