Ampatuans acquitted- now I'm really mad!

Philippines
April 17, 2010 11:23pm CST
I have just heard on the news a while ago that two of the Ampatuans have been removed as suspects in the Maguindanao massacre. This means that these two people who are responsible for this heinous crime will be free in a matter of days. There is no justice in the Philippines. It all boils down to money and how much you are worth. The judge who acquitted them has certainly sold his soul to the Ampatuans. There is no justice, no justice at all.
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• Philippines
18 Apr 10
No kidding??? Wow...really wow!!! Is this justice? God! 57 people were brutally killed! I am not one of the family of the victims, but I cry whenever I remember that heinous crime. I am deeply hurt, and I am just another person. The whole world learned about how dirty our politics is, and this is what authorities are doing??? What the hell are the people thinking acquitting these people just like that? No single person is sane enough to be able to do all that killings. To the judge that acquitted them, were you thinking? What if it happens to you and your family? Or were you threatened? Just another crap and trash, that is what you are. I feel like there is no hope here in the Philippines. I am a proud Filipina, and a proud Asian, but these things make me lose hope. No justice at all.
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
Its not the judge, but our DOJ (Department of Justice) who ordered to remove the two Ampatuans from the suspect list. These type of incidents makes me want to leave the country for good.
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
This is not a referral link. This is how I learned that the Ampatuans were cleared. http://www.gmanews.tv/video/58539/qtv-doj-secretary-orders-clearing-of-zaldy-and-akmad-ampatuan-in-murder-case
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
Gordon was right and i thought he was just fooling around. holy crap! who's next after this? this is not good.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
What? What's the basis that they were acquitted? Isn't the bodies found enough evidences to point the clan as the murderers?
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
They were acquitted on the basis that they were not in Maguindanao at the time of the murders.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
That sucks especially to the relatives of the killed in the massacre.
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
Not only to the relatives, but to our justice system. It only shows that if you have money, you can buy your freedom.
@rsa101 (16193)
• Quezon City, Philippines
19 Apr 10
Yeah it seems that they are doing this in the heat of election fever where everyone is busy watching the election going on. They might be trying this to prevent further reaction from the public while they are distracted by the campaign. I think we should not let this pass on. I think there is something going on from the inside that they do not want to show to us.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
You are absolutely right! They are trying to be coy and clever! dumbwits! but there are still those who are watching these case! Thing is what can we do now to help the victims get their justice?
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@rsa101 (16193)
• Quezon City, Philippines
19 Apr 10
Looks like even with the 57 complainants against them they still are helpless in these case. I feel that money is really moving against them. I just hope that I am wrong with they way things are doing in here. I think we should really be watchful and vigilant on this things as they are really that well connected from within the government and these people are really well oiled in terms of bribing people around.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
I guess we should be! We should join in with the rest and let justice be served! Against the power of the people united against their crimes won't the the government be at least ashamed to cover up things? Oh God when will a servant of yours rise up and contend against the evils in the government?
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
19 Apr 10
i still believe there is justice in the philippines. and i guess we should not always think this way. in every case, there is the prosecution and the accused or the defense. and in every case, there is the judge who comes in between the two parties. each party has their own evidences and witnesses. and the judges is just there to balance the evidences, the witnesses sides. justice still prevails and let us not judge the judge. i am also for the prosecution of the culprits but not too exaggerating myself in the situation. come to think of it, we are not in the scene of the crime and not even in the court where the case are being heard.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
so based on your statement it's okay for you to get them acquitted? the thing speaks for itself and yet we would not dare raise our voice when injustice is committed? It is plain to see whose side they are on! It does not take a genius to see that. The justice system is full of loopholes, if you are an easy fish to fry they will fry you but if you belong to the high and mighty clan name your price you'll get what you want!
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
19 Apr 10
it is not that i am happy that the two are acquitted, besides, only the justice department pulled them out of the case or dismissed them from the complaint. the case is already in bar and we have to let the judge hear both sides and decide. there are even situations that even when the prosecution did not find probable cause for the other respondents, the judge will order the prosecution panel to include, even those who were not originally included in the complaint. anyone can voice out and file motion or petition in court, if they are not satisfied with the decision of the justice department or even the judge's. loopholes are not only found in the justice system, they are everywhere, in most of the laws, our congressmen had created.
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
Akban and Zaldy Ampatuan were not acquitted. The charges against them were dropped because it was not proven that they conspired and so the Department of Justice believed their alibis and will recommend their release. The judge has to decide them. I read all the discussions under this topic, and everyone is outraged on the dismissal of charges. But the DOJ is not releasing Andal and Unsay Ampatuan. The crime is really heinous, my stomach turned when I saw the backhoe digging out the bodies, but we have to punish the right people, and not just everyone with the surname Ampatuan (that may well be several towns). Unsay was identified by witnesses, while Andal was heard talking to Unsay and giving orders when Unsay was in the massacre site. The witness testified that the 2 Ampatuans were there, and this was taken to be the evidence of conspiracy. But it seems that they were not there really, and so conspiracy could not be established. I still have hope (just a little)that justice will prevail in the case of the Ampatuans. I cannot imagine how anyone could just mow down people just because they want to exercise their right to run in an election. Until now, I cannot watch the video clip of the backhoe digging for bodies without my stomach churning.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
Hi just saw the news right now on dzrh teleradyo. The Ampatuans were really acquitted! I'm one of the many who are outraged by this decision. I hope God will show his vengeance on them! This just shows how greed for power can destroy a person. Like Gloria the Ampatuans are all greedy for power.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
The radio report is wrong. The DOJ has no power to acquit. It can only resolve probable cause issues. It is the court that can acquit. The correct report should say that the charges were dismissed. There is a big difference.
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
Woah?! WOW! [b] RICHARD GORDON[/b] was right! and i mean he was right! I remember his interview with Mike Enriquez, that's when the last scene he blows a whistle of Villar's Hench men trying to buy him out. But before that he predicted that the Case against Ampatuans are very very weak! because The charge is supposed to be MURDER and not REBELLION, because the public didn't rose up against the government. seriously, who on earth predicted the out come besides Gordon? this is a huge mess. there's no way am voting for GIBO at all.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
I like Richard Gordon and among the aspiring president it is he who I am going to vote for! All Noynoy-Villar and Madrigal are doing are just throwing dirt at each other they have no clear platform of what they will do for our country. Gordon on the other hand had made remarkable changes in his turf and has shown the people what he is capable of. Yes even with the public watching this government is very shameless! I think though that Gibo is just a puppet... Gloria isn't really backing him up thus the lack of funds etc. but Villar has Gloria's support all along.
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@kquiming (2999)
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
I agree. Sometimes I'm beginning to think 4 years in law school isn't worth it and will only be a waste since justice is rarely exercised in the country anyway, if not at all.
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
I used to have hope for our country. But now, I am having doubts if ever our country will ever recover from the corruption and garbage that is so prevalent in our government.
@nykel88 (1003)
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
It really shows how corrupt our system is already and poverty will get better and even will worsen. I hated to that they were acquitted. It is a shame that what really was the truth will be hid through the corrupt legal system in the Philippines. Money is really the only thing the matters to most people here. It is just shameful.
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
When I heard the news, I was also disgusted. And since its a Sunday here, a lot of people may not know this yet. I just learned about it earlier because I always watch a noontime news program, instead of the mindless entertainment shows. Thank you for your response.
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
This is horrible news indeed. I heard about this in the radio this morning and it was told that there's this certain judge (forgot his name) who just breezed through the proceedings of the case and just favored alibi over witness' testaments. There were prosecutors who were outraged and, even though their very lives are at stake, went out into the open and expressed their deep disappointment in our justice system. They also verified that a witness' testament is more powerful than alibi (sorry but I forgot the term they use for witness' testament). There's still hope left as there's one more judge who will decide if this will go on or not. Let's just hope and pray.
@zim1fW (286)
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
That's hardly surprising because they are not supposed to be charged for rebellion in the first place. But problem now is will those released be charged for murder. Massacre is murder not rebellion.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
I am mad too! See how this manipulator Gloria is! It's always personal matters over the common good and justice! I hate hate hate this president! She is the worst! I used to admire her when she was still senator but now I hate her more than ever. This present government is full of crap! People are so stupid if they would still support her in anyway! This just proves that the DOJ is just the president's dog's body! There is no more check and balance in this country. I could very well be in the U.S but be the one to orchestrate the massacre by hiring hitmen to do it for me. So can I not be held liable? Now Obama is lauding her! what a shame! Her name should be Shameless not Gloria because it's quite the opposite!
@rumshie (186)
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
THIS IS ANNOYING! it's obvious that they are responsible for the killing. GOSH! they don't deserve their freedom. they killed 47 people. :|
@jazzbabe (166)
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
This is so frustrating.. But don't lose hope guys..the other camp would surely file motion for reconsideration. Let's hope and pray this case won't go down to waste. Justice will prevail..hopefully..
@shello (964)
• United Arab Emirates
18 Apr 10
This is the news that I really don't want to hear. It's very sad to know that we do have a very poor justice system in our country. It seems that money is more precious than the lives of those who were massacred, more precious than the dignity of those judges who acquitted the two Ampatuans. It's unimaginable and we don't know what future does our new generation has with this type of people sucking and serving as leaders in our country.
@ghieptc (2525)
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
Yah I also heard about this news, but apparently still the Mayor Ampatuan still on the prisoner he just only transferred to other prison cell...
@jinjer168 (1599)
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
This was horrible! I can't believe why this thing happened, I never heard the news yet, but it will surely cause a lot of debates among the filipino people. I can't really imagine why justice system here was tremendously poor. I feel sorry for all the filipino people specially the victims of Maguindanao massacre and its family. May God bless our dear country, let's all pray for our sick nation and some of our people.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
What? What's the basis that they were acquitted? Isn't the bodies found enough evidences to point the clan as the murderers?