Since before martial law, law enforcers have been helpless vs civilian forces of local execs associated with the President.
Young officers will be made to believe that the military can rule effectively where civilian governance has failed
As the cameras rolled, a young Army lieutenant flagged down a vehicle carrying a known Ampatuan supporter. Are you carrying firearms, he yelled, as his troops searched the car.
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?
Today I woke up to very unsettling news. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared martial law in Maguindanao to effect the apprehension of the members of the Ampatuan clan suspected of being involved in the gruesome massacre of at least 57 persons.
If you are currently in the United States with an approved working visa but acquired it thru a change of status from another non-immigrant visa type such as a visitor or student visa, and you want to come home to the Philippines this December, you may want to know certain things.
Kung inyong maala-ala, ating tinalakay mga ilang buwan na ang nakakaraan ang kaso ng mahigit sa isang daang mga OFWs na ni-recruit ng CYM International Services and Placement Agency at ilan pang mga ahensya na kasapakat nito para diumano sa mga bakanteng driver positions na kinakailangan ng isang opisina ng pamahalaan ng United Arab Emirates sa Dubai, ang Road and Transport Authority o RTA.
This is the story of how the government and its security forces used the Ampatuans and their private armies to fight a proxy war against the MILF, and how it all horrendously backfired.
Wherever there are powerful dynasties and warlords one can be sure these co-exist – nay, these perpetuate - deeply-entrenched poverty and social injustice.