To Filipinos, what is your stand about martial law
10 Dec 09
I don't think there's any just cause for the proclamation of Martial Law in Maguindanao. Their basis was because Andal Ampatuan did an act of rebellion when it was clearly a case of murder.. multiple murder that is. I've heard from expert analysts that this Martial Law proclamation is just part of an elaborate scheme for Gloria to take over even after stepping down as president. It's quite long but the summary is there will be no proclaimed president in the 2010 elections because a big chuck of votes would come in the areas where Martial Law is in effect. With that being said, they cant proclaim a winner since the "chunk" of votes could still change the tide for a leading candidate. There's still more but I'm not good at explaining things and this is just how I understand it.
• Quezon City, Philippines
7 Dec 09
At first I was thinking it was necessary. I heard them saying there were movements around the area suggesting it was making an armed takeover of the province. With the discovery of large cache of arms buried on Ampatuan's area, I guess it was imminent already that there is a threat indeed. But so far Saturday and Sunday passed I have not seen any armed conflict happening even before the declaration was made. Maguindanao is still under State of Emergency at that time and so far Military could handle the situation pretty well and I do not see any armed conflicts just a splinter of Ampatuan supporters that are just there to make their show of support for the family in distress. I think that was not a gauge to declare the martial law at all. The constitution has deleted the statement "imminent danger" in the provision to authorize the martial law declaration. So I guess there is some kind of legality issues in there. The Congress and Senate has not discussed the matter yet as they are still convening to date. I am not surprised if the Congress would support it since they are very much allied with the Administration.
7 Dec 09
..hi.. well, for me, if they have a good cause and the government think that martial law is necessary, then I say I agree.. what happened is not a simple crime because it involves many people and many organizations.. Personally, I salute our p[resident for having that decision.. I would even agree that they continue with the martial law until the election day in Maguindanao to ensure peace and clean election.. of course, I would disagree if they proclaim Martial Law all over the country because that is not already proper.. With what I know, the declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao is not like the Martial Law before where there are curfew hours and residents are very much restricted.. the Martial Law decree now is to give the Philippine authorities handle the Maguindanao since it becomes an abode for the CVO and other forms of notorious individuals and most especially, it involves the influential Ampatuan family and for all we know, they all have the money, equipment, and even loyalists that becomes a threat to the other groups.. what happened was very tragic and I, for one, really look forward for our government to solve the crime..