Tags: Maguindanao

In this Q&A, Esmael Mangudadatu, vice mayor of Buluan town, Maguindanao, talks about the Ampatuan massacre and how the Ampatuans ruled the province. “They made business out of the votes. They extorted money out of the senatorial candidates who were campaigning in Maguindanao by selling votes to them,” he said. He also wished that there would be no whitewash in the case against them.

By CAROL PAGADUAN-ARAULLO Streetwise / Business World Posted by Bulatlat.com The declaration of martial law in Maguindanao is not the answer to the cry for justice for the victims of the Nov. 23 massacre allegedly perpetrated by top local government officials allied to the Arroyo regime – all members of the warlord Ampatuan clan –…

The Commission on Audit’s annual reports on Maguindanao have always highlighted deficiencies in the province’s finances. In its 2008 audit report, the commission found that it could not ascertain the validity of the provincial government’s claim that the province had more than P107 million pesos deposited in banks. The COA also could not verify the existence of properties and assets worth P345 million pesos that the province said it had.