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Open letters suggesting that Palace and NSA Gonzalez role in Ampatuan massacre and the declaration of Martial Law

An analysis, in the wake of the Ampatuan murders, by Bertini “Toto” Causing, a member of the board of the National Press Club of the Philippines and also legal consultant for the National Press Club. Mr Causing is columnist both of Hataw and Police Files Tonight. With the kind permission of Paul Brinkley-Rogers.


You must know that Norberto Gonzales as Defense Secretary is a “terror” operator and if he is to work with political operator Ronaldo Puno, they become a dreaded pair. Remember that Gonzales came from National Intelligence Security Agency, from where came the Vidal Doble who taped Garcillano’s talks with Gloria. Also remember that Puno (the bad one) was instrumental in making Miriam Santiago lose to FVR and in Garci operations in Mindanao.

You must also know that before the Ampatuan massacre, there were hell-bent planning sessions on how Gloria could possibly hold over, de facto or de jure. They were looking at how they can foment war in Muslim areas to have a justification for sinister plots.

Instead of launching war against MILF and MNLF which is expensive, what Gonzales did was to make “chismis” circulating between two possible warring clans.

The timing was perfect because Datu Andal Sr. was so worried how he can stay in power because of the three-term limit. Andal Sr. even went to the Comelec in the Province of Maguindanao to ask what should he do to enable him to run again for the 2010 elections.

A “bobo” Comelec official advised him to take a leave. Another Comelec official advised him to resign. Confused, Andal Sr. went to Malacanang and asked an Arroyo confidante what to do. And Andal was told that the only way for him to hold on to power is to prevent elections there from happening. And he was advised to do what is necessary.

I do not know what was the advice; but I surmise that he was egged on not to give in to the Mangudadatus who were hell bent on grabbing power from him. In short, “binatirya” or “tsinismis patalikod ang mga Mangudadatu kay Andal na aagawin ang poder sa kanila.” And once the power is taken over, the Mangudadatus would take revenge for the earlier raids done on them resulting in seizure of firearms.

Obsessed with desire to keep power revved up by “chismis”, the Ampatuans harbored deep hatred and extreme fear of losing power. And to ensure that no election shall occur, the killings should be done with extreme brutality to justify “martial law,” a condition when no election can be held in the province.

They were only looking at killing and burying to nowhere the Mangudadatus and families so that they would only be recorded as missing and would be charged against the rebels or Abu Sayyaf, not thinking they would be including 30 journalists in their plan for they did not think that Mangudadatu would ask for the help of media men. And if there would be martial law, the Ampatuans stay in power under the hold-over principle.

But their game plot failed during the execution. Thank God: before they knew it, Toto Mangudadatu was able to know the abduction because his wife was able to call him up, prompting Toto Mangudadatu to call for Army assistance; the soldiers responded quick enough that forced the killers to escape, even though the other victims were not yet buried, leading to the discovery of the plan; thus, the execution failed.

The original plot was just to make it appear that the victims disappeared mysteriously so that it can be blamed to heightened rebellion that would justify attacks on MILF which, in turn, would justify martial law.

Until here, I believe I have answered now the question why it should be as brutal as this. It was the Ampatuans who did the act and planned the act. The Gloria government only happened to have benefited from it to justify martial rule.

What would be the net effect when martial law gains momentum in Maguindanao? It will embolden the Gloria machines to do the same in other Muslim provinces: (a) Wahab Akbar’s family vs Gerry Salappudin’s in Basilan; (b) Sakur Tan clan vs Tupay Loong clan in Sulu; (c) Jaafar clan vs opponents in Tawi-Tawi; (d) Dimaporo clan in Lanao Norte against a challenging clan; and (e) Many clans in Lanao Sur.

If Norberto Gonzales would have his way, he wanted all of them to fight each other to justify martial law in the rest of Muslim provinces.

Remember that the total number of votes in these provinces is substantially big enough to cause suspension of proclamation of winners in Presidential, Vice-Presidential and Senatorial races.

So that when proclamation cannot be had and it will be aggravated and prolonged by creative petitions and protests to be filed before the Comelec, the Speaker of the House (Gloria) would act as Acting President. Why? Since there would be no president, vice president and senators who would be proclaimed, the Speaker takes over under the Constitution. Gloria would argue that the 12 present senators cannot choose a Senate President because it needs at least 13 votes to elect the Senate President.

Another plus or bonus for them: the House of Representatives will approve to extend martial law by means of them voting together with the Senators where the senator’s vote is only one.

A dummy petition shall be filed to question the act of “voting jointly” by means of outnumbering the Senators; and hoping the Gloria-appointees- dominated Supreme Court would rule that “voting jointly” means lumping together the senators and the congressmen and each of them has only ONE VOTE.

And when the Supreme Court would go Gloria’s way, they would now implement House Resolution 1109 calling for the senators and congressmen to “vote jointly” for a CON-ASS to pave the way for a parliamentary government.

This PLUS or BONUS may happen before or after the 2010 elections. If it happens after elections, the picture that you would see is that the leading candidates for president, vice-president and senators cannot be proclaimed because their margin of leads can still be overturned by the total votes in areas where voting would be deferred till eternity by Martial Law.

So that this is a GRIM POSSIBILITY.

Patriotically yours,

Toto Causing

An earlier e-mail to Mr Brinkley-Rogers by Mr Causing, which first appeared at a Pinoy discussion group online. Please feel free to circulate my analysis as you wish. I do not have any reason for me to be afraid of getting known as the author of this piece. To make this known the farthest it can and to the largest number of people possible, the better it is for the Philippines and the Filipinos.

This analysis becomes all the more necessary to be known because of the falsity and illogical premises relied on in placing Maguindanao province under the state of martial law. The manifestations displayed yesterday by Gloria & her minions show burning intention to pursue martial law are getting bolder. It now appears to be bordering on clear and present danger to democracy and the Filipino people.

Obama and Hillary must know this to warn Gloria not to proceed with the sinister plot. Why will the Gloria clique claim there is rebellion while stating at the same time in the premises of martial law proclamation that the territories being held by the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) shall be respected?

To make this clear, let me quote the proclamation: “Sec. 1: There is hereby declared a state of martial law in the province of Maguindanao except for the identified areas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as referred to in the implementing operational guidelines of the GRP-MILF agreement on the General Cessation of Hostilities. “

Moreover, MILF has been there existing and campaigning actively for more than a decade now yet in not one period in the past has martial law been proclaimed. In other words, it is very clear in the proclamation that the Gloria Arroyo Government is not referring to the MILF as the reason of rebellion that necessitates martial law.

By deduction, it means that the Gloria administration is treating, no matter how illogical, the massacre of about 20 women, two lady lawyers and 32 journalists as an act of rebellion.

As such, they are treating the suspected perpetrators of the goriest-ever massacre as “rebels.” True, Department of Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera announced that the charges they were filing against the Ampatuans are “rebellion.”

This was confirmed when television reports showed interviews of Army officers stating that they were arresting the Ampatuans for rebellion. Is this not out of syntax when the purpose of the brutal killings were not to topple the duly-constituted government? Is this not revolting to conscience to treat them as rebels when it is very clear there has been no intention to deprive the government of the right to assert authority in any place in Maguindanao?

Is it not clear that the purpose of the massacre was only to scare out or eliminate possible opponents in the upcoming elections for governor of the province in May of 2010? Is it not clear that the Ampatuans had a clear intention to run for the elective posts up for grabs in that elections and as such there is no intention to deprive the national government to exercise authority in Maguindanao?

Is it not clear that rebellion is an offense against the government only? Is it not clear that the massacre as committed, assuming to have been committed by the Ampatuans, is an offense against the persons of the victims, that the state’s interest in giving justice to massacre victims is only to keep its moral obligation to keep the peace and assuage the revolting conscience?

In sum, it is very clear that there is no rebellion. And the fact that the Gloria minions are insisting that there is rebellion and in fact arrested the Ampatuans on rebellion charges means my analysis is jibing with the clear intention to place Maguindanao under martial law to achieve the purpose of foiling the holding of elections in this place. The situation of danger against Democracy and the People is CLEAR AND PRESENT. So please, Sir Paul, disseminate to the largest possible audience my analysis along with this email message of mine to you.

Patriotically yours,

Toto Causing

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Militant solons to challenge “1959” in Congress

By Gerry Albert Corpuz, senior reporter, The Pamalakaya Times and Sugar Hicap

Manila, Philippines- Eight activist party list lawmakers comprising Makabayan coalition bloc in the House of Representatives have vowed to spearhead the fight against Proclamation 1959 in the House and are filing a resolution tomorrow seeking to revoke the President’s imposition of martial law in Maguindanao.

In a press statement sent to The Pamalakaya Times, the Makabayan coalition in the House of Representatives led by representatives Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna; Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela, Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod of Anakpawis and Raymond Palatino of Kabataan Party will file a resolution urging the Lower Chamber to revoke the controversial proclamation placing Maguindanao under Martial Law.

The Makabayan solons said they would do everything humanly possible to oppose what they called an emerging Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo dictatorship.

They reiterated their stand that Proclamation 1959 was unconstitutional as there is no rebellion or invasion in Maguindanao. They also said it was unnecessary since a state of emergency had already been declared in the area and the AFP, PNP and other government agencies had enough powers to deal with the aftermath of the Maguindanao massacre.

“We believe that Proclamation 1959 is meant to be a precedent. It is an attempt to impose martial law even without the requirements specified in the Constitution. If the GMA gets away with this one in Maguindanao, she can get away with it in any other province or the whole country,” they said.

They said they would make sure Proclamation 1959 would not go unchallenged in Congress or in the Supreme Court.

“We demand that Congress act immediately to revoke Proclamation 1959 and protect our people from similar threats to their democratic rights and freedoms,” they said.

The bloc also said they would join and support all rallies and demonstrations against Proclamation 1959 and for the resignation or ouster of Pres. Arroyo.

Meanwhile, leftwing militants identified with the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Sunday warned congressmen allied with Arroyo that the House of Representatives will face dissolution if congressmen will not reject the imposition of Martial Law in Maguindanao province.

In a a separate statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said pro-GMA congressmen should rise above the occasion and quell the grand plan of Malacanang and the National Security Council to slowly but surely place the entire country under Martial Law with the Maguindanao massacre as a laboratory for eventual declaration of martial rule all over the country.

The Pamalakaya leader said the statement of House Speaker Prospero Nograles justifying Proclamation 1959 is politically dangerous, asserting that the top house leader is toeing the Palace line for the across-the-nation imposition of Martial Law that will soon lead to the dissolution of the House of Representatives and the Philippine Senate.

“Remember the imposition of Martial Law is one of the available legal measures for President Arroyo to perpetuate herself to power beyond 2010. Mrs. Arroyo and her ruling gangland will do everything, anything, whatever the cost is and come what may to justify martial rule and keep the reigning political syndicate to power,” said Hicap.

Pamalakaya said congressmen allied or oppose to President Arroyo should take cue from the Supreme Court which said that Malacanang has no basis to declare Martial Law in Maguindanao because the court system in Maguindanao is functioning.

“The Supreme Court is clear, the court system is working and in fact that judge in Kidapawan had issued six search warrants that authorized the raids on several Amputuan residences. The cruel intention of Mrs. Arroyo and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez is highly exposed here—they want the Maguindanao to jumpstart the well planned imposition of Martial Law all over the country,” the group said.

“It appears to us that the Maguindanao massacre orchestrated by the powerful Ampatuan clan had the official blessing if not tacit approval of the national security mafia in Malacanang to justify the possible declaration of national state of emergency or even Martial Law across the country. Palace think tanks believe the situation could be exploited to justify the martial rule not only in Maguindanao but also across the country in not so distant future,” Pamalakaya added.

The militant group asserted that aside from President Arroyo, Secretary Gonzalez and ex-defense chief Teodoro, previous defense secretaries and chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines should be made to explain why they allowed the proliferation of CAFGUs, armed Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs) and private armies in Maguindanao and have them enlisted and functioned as military and security personnel and private armies of the powerful Ampatuan warlord clan in Maguindanao.

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Groups urge Moro religious leaders to take a stand on Maguindanao carnage

By Gerry Albert Corpuz, Senior Reporter, the Pamalakaya Times

Manila, Philippines- Moro groups based in Mindanao on Thursday appealed to Moro religious leaders to take a stand on the recent Maguindanao carnage allegedly perpetrated by a powerful political warlord clan in Maguindanao.

In a press statement e-mailed to The Pamalakaya Times, the Suara Bangsamoro and the Kawangib Moro Human Rights said in light of the Muslim people’s observance of the Eid’l Adha, their groups appeal to the Ustadz, Imam and the Ulama to devote their sermons and prayer in calling for peace and justice and hope to reign in Maguindanao and the whole of Mindanao.

Ms. Amirah Ali Lidasan, national president of Suara Bangsamoro, without sounding disrespectful in the observance to one of the holy festival of the Muslim people, the Eid’l Adha , the group
implore on their religious leaders to take a stand on the massacre
incident in Maguindanao on November 23.

Lidasan lifts a quote from the Holy Qur’an as basis for this call and
says it is imperative for the religious leaders to take a stand in
defense of the people of Maguindanao and to preempt future violence to happen again in Maguindanao and the rest of the Moro areas:

Qur’an 4:75-76 Surah An-Nisaa (The Women)
And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who
being weak are ill-treated (and oppressed)? Men women and children
whose cry is: “Our Lord! rescue us from this town whose people are
oppressors; and raise for us from Thee one who will protect; and raise
for us from Thee one who will help!” Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah and those who reject faith fight in the cause of evil: so fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.

Lidasan stressed the Maguindanao massacre should gather the Moro people in a defining moment for the Moro people of Maguindanao and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao by publicly condemning the killings and not let political and familial affiliations hinder our
responsibility as Muslims to condemn this act.

Lidasan also said that it is the responsibility of the Muslim
religious leaders to put back in the hearts and minds of Muslim people
that there is nothing to fear but Allah alone, instead of helping
perpetuate the fear of politicians and warlord prevail in Maguindanao
and the ARMM.

Lidasan grieves with the families and friends of the victims and hopes
to reach out with the rest of the Filipino people in condemning this
dastardly act.

‘We hope that the Moro people’s outcry be also highlighted as part of
public’s outrage. We are in unity with the rest in calling for an end
to the culture of impunity to reign in Maguindanao,’ said Lidasan.

Lidasan said said the Maguindanao massacre should not be misconstrued a traditional rido and the public should not be led to believe that this is natural or merely part of Moro people’s tradition and culture.

Lidasan said that simplifying the massacre as mere ‘rido’ or
traditional clan war is glossing over the heinous crime committed by
the warlords – the killing of mustadafins (oppressed) such as the
women and the unarmed people who died in the incident – and
exonerating the perpetrators from their crime.

Lidasan also criticized President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and
presidential aspirant Gilberto Teodoro, Jr. and the rest of the
administration party’s move to expell the Ampatuans from their ranks,
adding that the administration merely absolve themselves from being
party to the rise and continuing warlordism of the Ampatuans in

‘We should not ignore that it is the same administration who gave the
Ampatuans the leverage over other politicians in Maguindanao in
exchange for the votes that the administration had been getting from
Maguindanao and the ARMM,’ said Lidasan saying that the administration and the Armed Forces of the Philippines should also be held liable for the proliferation of ‘legitimized’ private armies through the EO 546 creating the civilian auxiliary armies for local government units.

Palace challenged

Meanwwhile, the militant labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) challenged Malacañang today to fully disclose the meeting between Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Gabriel Claudio, ARMM Gov. Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan, and Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan held at Malacañang on Monday, the day when the massacre was committed.

“If there’s really a of sincerity in Arroyo’s ‘vow to pursue justice’ for the Maguindanao massacre victims, she should reveal their talks with the Ampatuans in her own backyard first,” said KMU Chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog in separate statement e-mailed to The Pamalakaya Times.

“What the hell were the Ampatuans doing and talking about in Malacañang while their men rain bullets and rape the journalists, civilians, and their political enemies in Maguindanao? Arroyo and the Ampatuans have been silent and evasive on that meeting. And this only raises more suspicion that it was a meeting of the bosses to ensure the success of their murder plan at their safe house that is Malacañang,” said Labog.

“And they seem to be unfazed at all, because the day after when the massacre was uncovered, Presidential Adviser on Mindanao Affairs met with the Ampatuans again. Arroyo and minions just continue to chimmy-chummy with the criminals amid all the fingers that point to them.”

Cultivating the criminal

KMU recalled Andal Ampatuan’s declaration last national elections that he will award one million pesos to every mayor who will ensure landslide victory for Arroyo and her Team Unity party. And true enough, the very dubious 93.5% voters’ turnout in Maguindanao voted 12-0 for team unity.

KMU also cited Arroyo’s Executive Order 546, issued October 2006, as “license for the growth of warlordism” of the Ampatuans, and other political clans as well. The EO allowed local officials and the police to create civilian armies to further the fight against “insurgents.”

The Ampatuans are now believed to have a 500-strong army, including 200 special armed auxiliary forces in the guise of Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVO) against insurgency.

“For justice to be served, the reign of they who will do everything to remain in power must be ended,” said Labog. #

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