How true? Malacanang should explain.
And we heard that last August, former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro spearheaded talks between the Ampatuans and the Mangundadatus which resulted to nothing?
International groups, including the European Union (EU) has condemned the massacre, describing it as "barbaric" and has no place in a democracy.
Yesterday, Mrs. Arroyo declared a state of emergency in Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato .
"There is an urgent need to prevent and suppress the occurrence of several other incidents of lawless violence," Arroyo said in the proclamation, according to Remonde.
"The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are hereby ordered to undertake such measures as allowed by the constitution and by law to prevent and suppress all incidents of lawless violence in the aforesaid areas."
Surprising though that despite direct testimony from one of the victims a few minutes prior to the massacre that Mayor Ampatuan Jr. was there directing his armed men, government declared that there is still no "evidence" yet linking the Ampatuans to the monumental killing of the century. WTF!
And why government allows the mastermind of this massacre to go "scot-free" and even giving him time to "escape the full force of the law" IS REVOLTING to say the least.
Ted Failon, in his commentary, is right. If the perpetuator of this massacre of the century is just a nominal criminal or not an ally of Mrs. Arroyo, state forces would have pounced upon him with swiftness.
Jesus Dureza, the presidential peace adviser, talked with both clans. Dureza said both warring clans have vowed to respect the "rule of law."