Election Violence: the Unending War

Election Violence: the Unending War

As of this writing, the "Maguindanao Massacre" in the Southern Philippines has yet to resolve the conflict and murder between two clans in the Muslim-populated province in Mindanao. The killings of the members of one of the feuding families have reached heights in the election fever in the Philippines come May 2010. This one could be one of the dreadful election-related crimes in the country. The scenario in Mindanao worsened when it was found out that other innocent people and journalists were killed leaving them dumped in holes. Vehicles and other could-be evidences were all buried. This gruesome murder has to find its way to justice.

The president of the republic had imposed Martial Law in Maguindanao, and the suspension of the habeas corpus -- meaning the suspects at large were to be suspected without warrants. This is provided in the constitution if there is a looming rebellion in this part of the country. The two chambers of Congress debated the need for the executive branch to impose Martial Law. Suspects were arrested and the government authorities have been doing their best to run after those responsible for the killing.

It is the hope that justice be served ultimately upon families. The transition from leaders to another entails disruption of order and violence. If the lofty goal of the people is to deliver basic social services to the citizens and be vanguards of peace, progress and development in the country, resorting to violence and mass killing is abominable, and therefore be stopped.

Let peace and progress reign supreme in Maguindanao, Philippines.

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