The powerful warlords in Maguindanao who figured in the November 23 massacre that killed 57 people only thrive under the backing of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, so Amirah Lidasan, president of the Moro group Suara Bangsamoro, says in this excerpt from the December 6 radio broadcast Eskwelahan sa Kahanginan (school on air).
Lidasan and lawyer Joel Mahinay, vice president for external affairs of the Union of People’s Lawyers in Mindanao, talk about the Ampatuan massacre and the culture of impunity that allows the Ampatuans to carry out the gruesome crime without fear. They think no one will punish them; not even the President, indebted as she is to them. The Ampatuans delivered the votes for her during the 2004 and 2007 elections. Eskwelahan sa Kahanginan is a segment of Bidlisiw sa Katawhan, a radio program aired over DXDC-Radio Mindanao Network every Sunday, 12- 1 pm. (davaotoday.com)