In these days, nothing is as it seems.
That reality dawned on me when I and a handful of friends discussed how broken up we felt upon hearing news about the tragic slaughter of innocents in Maguindanao.
While I had quite readily accepted whatever “evidence” were being brought forth, my friends weren’t quite as convinced.
This is pretty much what we’re being told: The Ampatuans are the prime suspects of the atrocious bloodbath. They’re the bad guys. The Mangudadatus are the distraught victims. The Ampatuans should be punished.
The thing is that as far as we’re all concerned, the Ampatuans are still innocent until proven guilty, no matter how uncomfortable that reality may be.
Seriously… what “evidence” points to them being the guilty party?
- The testimony of the witnesses hiding in the Mangudadatus’ camp – apparently survivors of the massacre – refusing to make known their identity.
- A yellow-covered backhoe conveniently labeled “Property of the province of Maguindanao – Gov. Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr.” carelessly left behind by the murderers in the immediate vicinity of the carnage.
- They seem to be the obvious suspect simply because there’s no one else to point the finger to. They’re the only ones to blame.
As far as I’m aware, that’s pretty much it.
Any forensic evidence? No way… not in the Philippines. Let’s face the reality, is there anything at all that would prove that the Ampatuans are guilty without a shadow of a doubt? Do we have enough evidence that would prove them guilty without question?
Cold truth: Being the only suspect doesn’t make you guilty.
An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth.
I’ve heard someone say that – as with any clan war, it’s an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth – the Mangudadatus are sure to retaliate – especially if justice isn’t served. Wouldn’t that only mean more bloodshed? Senseless.
The major question that would make this theory a clunker would be “How are the Mangudadatus to retaliate in similar fashion?”
If indeed this turns out to be a war between clans, I’m afraid the government would only use it to declare martial law or something.
It’s a set-up.
I was rather intrigued by that notion when one of us brought it up during our conversation. It cannot be denied as a possibility.
Perhaps there’s a third party involved. Their purpose?
- Create chaos between the Ampatuans and Mangudadatus so they can turn out to be the hero and win the elections.
- Frame the Ampatuans up in order to spark a political/clan war so that the government could declare martial law or something.
Before this starts to sound like the ravings of a paranoid lunatic (if it doesn’t already), I guess I would just like to hit the point of this post home:
The sad reality is that not many trust the government and the current justice system enough to really believe that justice will be served in this tragedy. Some would even be willing to believe that the government was behind it all.
In short: Not many trust in the government’s ability. Some would be willing to believe that the government is evil.
The moral lesson to this article: This isn’t the time to sit back and watch in apathy. This isn’t the time to foster an “if I’m ok, everything’s ok” attitude. There is a cause to fight for. Something has to change for the good.
Just like everyone else, I want justice and truth to prevail. If the Ampatuans are guilty, then they must be sentenced accordingly. But prove them guilty first.
Personally, I don’t have the required confidence and trust in the current government in order to believe that justice will indeed be met. I wish I did. This is why I believe that our decision of whom to put as Head of our country during the 2010 elections is crucial, because only with a change in the current government and its corrupt system can I believe that justice will be met.
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