Aquino orders review of Ampatuans’ LP membership


MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III has ordered Liberal Party officials to review the accreditation of Ampatuan clan members who are running for office in Maguindanao under the party, according to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

Abad and ranking LP officials, including the acting party president, Transportation Secretary Joseph E.A. Abaya, and the party president-on-leave Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, would likely meet with the candidates to determine if their accreditation was justified.

“The President has tasked Secretary Jun Abaya, Secretary (Mar) Roxas, and myself to look into this situation and see whether, in fact, those designations should be upheld,’’ Abad said in a Malacañang briefing.

At least 74 members of the Ampatuan clan are running for elective posts in the mid-term elections in May 2013. At least 10 of them are running under LP, according to reports.

A day before the country marked the third anniversary of the Nov. 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre, which was blamed on the most powerful members of the Ampatuan clan, Sen. Franklin Drilon, an LP stalwart, called for the revocation of their certificates of accreditation and nomination.

But pending the review, Abad said the party would give Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, who screened and accepted the Ampatuan clan members into the party, the “benefit of due process.’’

After all, the party gave local leaders, like Mangudadatu, the prerogative of choosing official candidates for local posts,  Abad said.

“When that was applied to, for example, the province of Maguindanao, because they followed that policy, we, therefore, gave Governor Toto Mangudadatu the prerogative of choosing his candidates on the ground,’’ he said.

“And when we queried from him how come that there are those candidates with the said family name? His answer is: ‘Well, not all Ampatuans are like the Ampatuans who are being tried now for what happened with the massacre of journalists and those other people of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat’,’’ he added.

Mangudadatu’s wife and two sisters were among the 58 killed in the massacre.

During the review of the candidates’ accreditation, Abad said the party officials would establish the basis for Mangudadatu’s choice of the Ampatuan clan members, and whether his decision was consistent with party principles.

“Well, it has to be soon because, you know, there is December 21 that’s lurking there which is the deadline, if at all necessary, to file substitutes,’’ he said.

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  • lovejustice

    naku….i hope hindi naman ito hugas kamay……..i thought before any party needs to screen his bakit maynakalusot……can somebody explain why this happen…..?  i hope they will not blame GMA for this

  • blainz

    All the Ampatuans formerly or currently allied with GMA should be summarily removed from the LP, as the presumption that they benefited from vote-rigging in past elections is too strong to simply let pass.

    “Due process” is for the courts, not for Mangudadatu, however much I commiserate on his loss. Keep the party as high above suspicion as possible, the better to earn public trust back in a troubled and tragic province.

    There has to be qualified people around not surnamed Ampatuan.

  • ApoLapullapu

    Not everybody bearing the surname Marcos are like Ferdinand Marcos.  Not all Cojuancos are like Danding Cojuangco.  Hence, not all Ampatuans are like Andal Ampatuan.

  • whiteglider

     “orders review of Ampatuans’ LP membership”???…how about “review of long-awaited expedition of  Maguindanao Massacre case”? WTH? Pag election,  na-rereview kung ano ano basta para manalo pero yung pangako pa last election on the Maguindanao Massacre, hardly enacted. LP: Labo, PNoy!

  • wawa2172

    Noy not all Cojuangcos are good as they enjoyed living in Hacienda Luisita truly owned by the farmers for years and you belong to the family. Danding was Marcos crony for years and he is now an ally. So what are you complaining about the Ampatuans? Politics is addition and not subtraction unless you eliminate all the Maguin’s with surname Ampatuans. Its just like saying that all with surname Sanchez are bad because its the family name of former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez. If LP really wanted to cleanse its rank then I am sure no one will qualify as far as honest to goodness candidate. God Bless the Philippines with the kind of leaders it will have after election. Many of LP candidates are trapos and stalwart of GMA Lakas-Kampi Party then and lumipat lang nang bakod to be an LP. An advised to those whose surname are Ampatuan’s they have to go and ask the court to replace themselves with Mangudadatu or maybe Aquino. Tiyak may panalo kayo.

  • mon key

    uhmm. . . inquirer, does the LP logo have to be that BIG? really? 

  • Kamoteng_Dilaw

    Another publicity stunt by LP…

  • Cali Pulaco

    akala ko bawal ang political dynasties??? Parang grabe nmn yang 74! Ampatuan nlng for president

  • kulittwit

    Question to Gov. Toto Mangudadatu:

    Yong lahi nila ang nag massacre kasama ang asawa at dalawa mong kapatid tapus pumasa sa screening mo at tinanggap mo sila. Explain why.

  • disqusted0fu

    lets see if this will go beyond reviewing. it might just stop there. then everyone will just forget about it eventually. the president already said something about it, it will most likely remain as words as usual.

  • Stuubs

    Politics makes strange bedfellows ! Pnoy and the rest of the Liberal party leadership are just playing dumb,in order to appear innocent of what seems to be an apparent partnership between them and the Ampatuan clan.Everyone knows what the Ampatuans are capable of to the election, and the politicians including Pnoy will just do everything under the sun just to ensure their party’s victory this coming election. In politics there are no permanent freinds and enemies only permanent interests.

  • agustin

    Ampatuans are allies of Pnoy ? 10 Ampatuans are running under LP, Ampatuans are the source of charging GMA of electoral sabotage. Supreme Court did not allow the public showing of Maguindanao massacre. Ampatuans publicly declared before that they supported Pnoy’s presidential candidacy.

  • Your_King

    Aquino should also order the review of the PCOS machines. He should also have long ago given his supposed certification of urgency for the massacre case…which has been long delayed. He does not do much to begin with but when he finally decides to do something other than blame others and point fingers and make excuses, he keeps doing them so slow and little by little as if he has all the time in the world where in reality he is about half-way done in his term.

  • Jon

    Talk about the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing?
    Is this administration really serious in projecting themselves as incompetents and ignoramuses?
    I seem to recall the phrase “nobody-home presidency” and that fits this situation to a tee.

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