I can’t stop laughing over this, goodness! Everytime I read it, I laugh!: Andal Ampatuan Jr, the principal suspect in the Maguindanao Massacre, said his family supports the program of Liberal Party standard party Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III.
Ampatuan said that he and his family believe in Aquino’s program of government and that Noynoy can fix the country’s ‘crooked judicial system’. They’re also endorsing Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Serge Osmeña III, and Ralph Recto.
During a press briefing at the police Camp Bagong Diwa detention center, he wore a yellow ID bracelet signifying his support for Aquino.
‘We want Aquino to win in the elections so we can have change in our country,’ he added. He went on to say that he and his family were not involved in the killing of relatives of a political rival and 32 journalists and media workers.
Aquino has previously demanded that Ampatuan Jr. and other local officials in the November 23 be suspended.
Noynoy’s supporters are going nuts decrying Ampatuan’s support their standard bearer, and while I understand why exactly they’re going nuts, I can’t help but find the entire thing funny. Why get upset over the endorsement of a monster? It’s not like Ampatuan’s endorsement means anything, but because Noynoy’s supporters have become, over the last few months, increasingly shrill, defensive and uptight, they’re now losing their heads over this latest, uh, development.
I’m not supporting Noynoy, but really, Ampatuan’s endorsement should not be taken seriously! Relax, people. The man’s a lunatic — he ordered and helped carry out a massacre, killing 57 people including a pregnant woman in cold blood! It’s not like his endorsement counts for anything, gad. Pero kung may mga boboto kay Noynoy precisely on the strength of the Ampatuans’ endorsement, I suppose that’s not something they can be proud or happy about.
On a serious note, there’s a November 2009 story released by Newsbreak that traces the Ampatuan clans’ rise to power. I don’t know if Noynoy, his sisters and their supporters are aware of this, but it was Corazon Aquino and her government who ushered the Ampatuans’ entry in the country’s political circus.
According to the report, Cory , right after the Edsa Revolution in 1986, removed all the duly elected local officials and appointed OICs. In Shariff Aguak) in Maguindanao, the mayor then was Pinagayaw Ampatuan. The old guy was going to resign because he was, well, old, but the Cory government followed the succession rule and installed the vice mayor as OIC instead of appointing a different person. Guess who the replacement OIC was?
That first-term vice mayor was Andal Ampatuan Sr. Andal Sr. became OIC mayor and he was backed by former Senator Salipada Pendatuna Liberal Party stalwart. The rest is twisted history.
In the meantime, here’s what Noynoy’s supporters should consider: Aquino’s glee over the support the US governments seems to be offering him.
Rep. Satur Ocampo has warned already Aquino against opening the doors for unprincipled and unpatriotic compromises in his talks with US officials. He said that his worry was was based on what appears to be Noynoy’s unmistakable elation over the unofficial feelers the US government has been supposedly sending the Liberal Party and his own self.
“Sen. Aquino is clearly flattered that he is being contacted by emissaries the US government, as if he received a benediction. Are we to take it that if he wins, he will prove to be another Philippine president malleable and grovelling to the wishes and demands of the US? We hope that Sen. Aquino will not be Amboy (American boy),” Rep. Ocampo said.
Noynoy is clearly eager to the US government’s top puppet in the Philippines. Why else would he crow over unofficial feelers the US government has been supposedly sending his camp? If signs are true and he wins, the US and the Philippines’ lop-sided relationship will continue. In the meantime, given Noynoy’s virulent, anti-activist stance as evidenced in his insults against the supporters of the struggle of the Hacienda Luisita farmers, in his attacks against the National Democratic Movement and his embrace of the likes of pseudo-progressive, fake liberal Risa Hontiveros, well, we can foresee that the democratic space will become more limited.
It’s terrible that Noynoy sounds mighty proud for having been contacted by the US government, as if he received a benediction. Are we to take it that if he wins, he will prove to be another Philippine president malleable and grovelling to the wishes and demands of the US?
Now that is not something I don’t care to laugh about.