Saturday, December 5, 2009


Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr., in long sleeve;
and ARMM Governor Andal 'Zaldy' Ampatuan beside him

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The monster warlord Ampatuans are being stripped of their power by the Arroyo government slowly but surely. The government of President Arroyo is now determined to cripple and paralyze the monster warlord it has created.

In the days of the Ampatuans’ high adventure, the grass smelled sweet with the spring wind. Once upon a time, their names echoed with fear all over the nation because they are the king of kings that possess the enigma of invulnerability. Their domains once glittered like the light on a windy sea.

The Ampatuans sudden astronomical rise to power in Maguindanao from 2001 occasioned much disbelief that they of all things should ascend to such a stature. This surprise is, in retrospect, surprising. Popular culture and politics are both in some measure dependent on projecting messages that mass audiences want, and the communications abilities of the Patriach Andal Ampatuan, Sr. and President Gloria M. Arroyo are more similar than either might wish to acknowledge.

But remember, no matter who you are, no matter how invincible you might think you are, there comes a time, when your jewels cease to sparkle, when the glitters of your gold loses its luster, when your throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left are the tears in your eyes as you cry ‘God why have you forsaken me’.

The Ampatuans are now in grief. President Arroyo took back their power: they are now being expelled from the Lakas-Kampi political party of President Arroyo. They are also in the hold departure list as ordered by the Department of Justice; they are under house arrest as their residences in Maguindanao were surrounded by police and military forces that no one can get in and those who are inside cannot get out without the clearance issued by the authorities; their bodyguards and private armies were dismantled and their modern assault firearms and heavy artillery and ammos which could annihilate one army brigade have been located and in possession of the military; the warrants for their arrest will be issued anytime soon; Martial Law have been declared in Maguindanao Province; and that the Ampatuans’ bank accounts had been ordered frozen.

Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera said witnesses had implicated Ampatuan’s father, Maguindanao Gov. Datu Andal Ampatuan, his brother and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan; and relatives Akmad, Saudi Jr., Bahnarian Jr., Sajid Islam, and Akmad Tato in the gruesome massacre. (Manila Standard Today, Saturday-Sunday, November 28-29, 2009.)

It is vivid in the Ampatuans’ memory that once upon a time when Arroyo was in search for somebody for her to become impregnable in politics like a steel, when steel meant more to her than gold or jewels. Yes, you know what it is. It was the Ampatuans who provided her with that steel of invincibility as the votes of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) always spills the difference between victory and defeat for President Arroyo.

Ampatuans, you have come to the turning point of your lives. For who would save you now if not yourselves? You are the well spring, from which you flow. Without you, Gloria Arroyo will have never been. What would your world be, if you cannot do anything to save you and your clan?

You have never prayed before like now. But you have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if you were good even for once. You will be remembered as the evilest of evil. Why you should not fight but only wait to die? All that matters is that it is now your entire family who would now stand against the many. You are now fighting for your life. You can come back from the darkness. Back from the pit of hell to fight all of them if you decide to fight, not with guns and armies, but the secret you know about the election in 2004 and 2007.

And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you! It is you who know why they fear the night.

Oh, I change my mind, forget it. Please do not expose the ‘secret’ anymore, please. Otherwise, if you do, the President might declare Martial Law not only in Maguindanao, but to the entire country. That’s for sure. You see, the declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao is testing the waters how the people will react. You see, it is always best to evaluate before committing to a new course of action.

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