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Friday, November 27, 2009

Election Season in the Philippines and the Maguindanao Massacre

Election season in the Philippines means the reign of terror, the reign of guns, goons and gold - in a country where politics means business and a source of livelihood the milking cow of the greedy warlords. Such is true in the Philippines exemplified in the southern Philippines province of Maguindanao where a tragic manslaughter or massacre took place few days ago masterminded by an influential powerful clan who ruled over a large area of the Muslim region for several decades attempted to prevent the filing of candidacy of his rival because he is threatened to be dethroned from his position through a clean automated election next year. There are already 57 recovered bodies buried from the mass grave in a desolate place by the armed militiamen of the powerful clan. This is an ordinary political and social scene integrated in the Philippine culture since Marcos era where corruption and nepotism is in the mainstream. Widespread corruption and dirty benefits in politics is what attract several people to shell out millions of money campaigning to run for an elective position and merge in the political arena stained with personal motives and hidden agenda. Sanction and suspension of development fund from UN and developed countries is just and due and proper accounting of the donated funds and transparency with the Philippine government transactions should be mandatory requirement to make sure the money will go to the projects and NOT to the POLITICIANS pocket.