Clearing of Two Ampatuans: Reflection of Incompetence of DOJ, Malacanan – UNTV Statement

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SEC. ALBERTO C. AGRA’S clearing of two Ampatuans in the multiple murder cases is not only a blunder of an alter-ego, but a total reflection of incompetence not only of the DOJ but of Malacanan, as well.

In our country’s political hierarchy, the Secretary of Justice is an alter-ego of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Ergo, the Secretary’s official acts will always bind the person of the President, even if Malacanan had issued a hands-off policy on the controversy.

Also, in our judicial system, which no doubt Secretary of Justice Agra himself fully knows, ALIBI is regarded as the weakest among all defenses available to an accused.

1,477 vehicles joined the funeral convoy of Daniel Tiamzon,

1,477 vehicles joined the funeral convoy of Daniel Tiamzon, the UNTV media man killed in the Maguindanao Massacre

Sec. Agra could have opted to follow the findings of his own prosecutors who, having had personally conducted the preliminary investigation of the cases themselves, necessarily did come to know the facts, far better than him as the reviewing authority. That is why the investigating prosecutors were more than surprised by the Secretary’s resolution and, therefore, have rightly shown their own indignation by walking out of their offices, in protest of the resolution clearing ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and Mamasapano Mayor Akmad Ampatuan in the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao.

Instead of allowing justice to prevail in a full blown trial of the murder cases in court, wherein both parties would be given the opportunity to present their evidences, Justice Sec. Agra had terminated posthaste the cases against the two Ampatuans: a very simple and easy act of the pen but a horrible act of injustice to the victims. In fact, by so doing, the Secretary had relinquished the very reason for existence and mandate of the Office he himself represents and even created a cloud of suspicion over the highest Office in the land for whom the Secretary is an alter-ego.

This questionable act of Sec. Agra is plain and simple blunder on his part. However, in the deepest sense, it is also a blunder of the Department of Justice which the Secretary represents, and in fact, but ultimately, the resounding effect will traverse to the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, to whom the Secretary is directly responsible to.

This is another dark moment in the history of the Filipino people.

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13 responses to “Clearing of Two Ampatuans: Reflection of Incompetence of DOJ, Malacanan – UNTV Statement

  • megumitch

    I got really pissed off when I heard this news…One Voice. One Cry. Justice for Ampatuan Massacre Victims!!!!

  • Mel Marinas

    The leaders of our country are but just the same, from Colonialization to our era, in my lifetime (I’m 36) I have never seen or read in the history leader The leaders of our country are but just the same, from Colonialization to our era, in my lifetime (I’m 36) I have never seen or read in the history leader whose intention is to help the country, not one Filipino not 2 but the country as a whole in its entirety…. Leaders sitting in the throne of Malacanan from Marcos regime to this dictatorship, doesn’t really have the intention to elevate the condition of the masses, the real masses in terms of %, the poor…. they sit on their throne to protect their properties, their businesses, to eliminate their competitors…. to protect themselves, their family…. in this case a friend….
    Now in the media tis season we always hear… “This is our chance”, (again and again)…. WTF are they talking about when the option is either businessman of real properties or business of sugar industries who cannot even elevate the lives of his own farmers… or simply continue this with this regime with this secretary…. Everybody is corrupt…. Everybody for themselves….
    intention is to help the country, not the one Filipino not 2 or more but the country as a whole in its entirety…. Leaders sitting in the throne of Malacanan from Marcos regime to this dictatorship, doesn’t really have the intention to elevate the condition of the masses, the real masses in terms of %, the poor…. they sit on their throne to protect themselves, their family…. in this case a friend….
    Now in the media we always hear… “this is our chance”, (again and again)…. WTF are they talking about when the option is either businessman of real properties or business of sugar industries who cannot even improve the lives of his own farmers… or simply continue this with this regime…

  • Frank Saclag

    dapat mabulok sila sa kulungan

  • Ruben Guzman

    This government official Sec. AGRA who made this decision in our judiciary must be removed, one example of corruption in our society. He mustn’t stay in his post.

  • lito aquino

    Hindi ko maubos maiisip kung paano nakapasa sa bar exam itong si ginoong AGRA, napakabobo naman magdesisyon lalo na at napakasensitibo ang usaping pagpatay sa mahigit 50 katao. Porke ba wala sa Maguindanao ng mangyari ang dalawang inabswelto mo, nangangahulugan bang wala silang kinalaman sa brutal na pagpatay. Malapit na kasi ang eleksiyon, kaya siguro nagbulag bulagan ka na ginoong AGRA. Sino ba ang commanding officer mo sa pag absuwelto sa dalawang Ampatuan? Nagtatanong lang po.

  • Jose B. Bite Jr.

    This statement of UNTV 37 hit the nail right. The 57 victims will never get fair justice under the rotten regime of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who abetted the rise to political warlordism of the Ampatuan clan that led to the culture of impunity and violence. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wrought havoc to all democratic institutions (the judiciary, the constitutional commissions, the military and police) that led to massive injustices. This is a big nightmare to the political history of the country that is worse than the Marcos dictatorship. All of what is happening to our country today points to the cabal in Malacanan. May God save our country.

  • idelfonso l. ferrer

    nakakapanlumo….lalo na yung mga direktang kamaganakan ng mga namatayan o biktima

  • Benedic

    i am deeply saddened with the decision made by our Secretary Of Injustice. We cannot really depend on them to find true justice.

  • irms

    ka grabe pod !!sobra ra jud ning gobyernoha as in …..Madam pres. ug ang sec. BAHALA NA ANG PANGINOON SA INYO .SA KANYA ANG PAGHIHIGANTI….walang ka effort effort dismiss agad. all liars go to HELL.. sa akong namatikdan basta sayop labanan….ang tinood dut an ug maayo just like what happen to our whistle blower in ZTE…..gibaligtad pa…..ang tao talaga ……….bisag mana ang termino mulansar gihapon ka baga jud nawng way uwaw!this is only my opinion………magbago kana madam pres at ang mga kaalyado mo….mura jud ka si Mishi sa SHEONDOK.ha ha ha ha ha

  • marvin

    i think this is one way on how the president pay back the irregularities made by her cohort “ampatuan clan” on the past election. I’m not quite surprise on this move cos it was already expected. One thing is for sure, the president of the Philippines and her cohort will face the true judgment in the end time!!

  • jomar

    nakakasar ang gobyerno sa totoo lang punong puno kc ng kahayupan ang nsa gobyerno sana mbgyan ng katarungan plibasa ang pamahalaan ni gloria ang pinakamadaming ngawang kasamaan sa pilipinas sana matanggal na yan

  • Beth Batungbacal

    It”s HORRIBLE and UNBELIEVABLE kind of massacre………PEOPLE ..DON’T STOP .. KEEP FIGHTING….not only for all journalist but for human rights and civilians……FIGHT…!

  • romy barquin

    Agra’s first decision was not a blunder. It was his intention to acquit the ampatuans. He has the guts to made that decision since he has the backings of malacanang or its a payback for his appointment ! His decision was timely since the election is in the offing and its possible that its a ploy to use the ampatuans for another round of ZERO votes for those who are not allies of malacanang.

    Many of the media people have gone to maguindanao specially sharif aguak, how can this solitary place produce millions of voters to turn-around the result of a certain candidate? Most of the people just converge near the national hiway and the interiors are only inhabited by very few people.

    The ampatuans are creation of the arroyo government na garapalan na talaga ang paggamit ng kanilang katungkulan to pursue their greed of money and power.

    Since yung plan b ni gma eh kulelat sa eleksyon, its time to go to plan c and that is the congress. it seems gma is getting successful since she is winning the election, this is the first step in plan c, the final step will be to go for chacha with the help of GMAs allies in the congress that she had already installed in the lower house. once chacha will pursue she will be
    then installed as prime minister by her allies. Everything is planned well by GMA, from making appointments in the AFP, in the supreme court etc etc. Its now up for Noynoy how he can prevent this from happening.

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