Martial Law ’09: A Cock and Bull Story

There is a big showdown going on right now at the Batasang Pambansa. This historic event is well, said to be historic as it is the first ever joint session of both houses of congress in the history of the legislature. These eminent legislators have a very important mission to fulfill: decide on the merits or lack of merits of the Martial Law in Maguindanao that GMA proclaimed a few days ago, and eventually move to uphold or set it aside. If this is not enough to heighten the drama, throw in some cabinet members for stewing and roasting and you have an entertaining cooking show. But with the sheer number of GMA allies in these bodies, I doubt if there is much cooking left to be done.

I have nothing much against Martial Law per se. I trust the 1987 framers of our Constitution’s judgment and foresight in still including such a provision despite our horrible experience with it. But what I do not welcome is the nebulous and the far from convincing justification of this Declaration that Gloria’s alter egos are forcing down our throats.

It is an inconvertible fact that it was not only the Ampatuans who were caught red-handed amassing ammunition for God knows what but the Military as well has a lot of explaining to do why these weapons and high-powered firearms bear evidence of being government issues. The Military and PNP have yet to enlighten the public how the Ampatuans were able to get hold and hoard ammunitions we taxpayers bought to arm our AFP to keep us safe. Aren’t these the same weapons that killed those helpless victims of the massacre? Shouldn’t the AFP itself be charged with rebellion for this betrayal?

The Justice and DILG Secretaries as well as the Top Officials of the Police and Military insist that Martial Law is necessary to prevent and abort possible rebellious activities of the Ampatuan army, claiming that there is enough factual basis that such uprising is imminent. They did not say however, how long they have known that the Ampatuans have in fact, an army armed with enough weapons to equal the Military’s arsenal. If these information found their way into their respective desks only after the killings and the investigation the murders triggered, then there is something sadly wrong with military intelligence [which, incidentally, we taxpayers, again, fund]. But, if military intelligence reports would reveal that the Ampatuan’s so-called rebel force has been built since 2004 [or before] then why has not the Government done anything to disband it, or better yet, why hasn’t GMA declared Martial Law long before? It would have saved a lot of lives!

Oh, Glory, Glory, quite contrary, spare us this cock and bull story. Pontius Pilate that you are, you have washed your hands off the Ampatuans and have branded them rebels against your Government. The very same Ampatuans whose private army ensured your landslide victory in Maguindanao. Where is your utang na loob?

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