Veteran Poet - 1,139 Points (11/07/1975 / Natonin, Mountain Province, Philippines)

Marshall Law In Maguindanao - Poem by MELVIN BANGGOLLAY


Melvin D. Banggollay

M-arshall Law was the president's option

to curve lawlessness in Maguindanao region

that put local government units' administration

under military control and general supervision.

An action taken to protect government's sake

against an actual act of controlling the state

by anyone with force and violence to take

control and administer the affairs of the state.

R-ebellion was government charged for the ampatuan's

suspected and perpetuated this henious crime

of murdering 57 helpless journalist and civilians

in their desire for political supremacy at all times.

S-ince the ampatuan's didn't revolt against the state

for what they committed was a multiple murder crime,

there is a fear and strong possibility for acquital to take

from this rebellion filled against them until this time.

H-undred of people were now in the crowded streets

shoutng for justice for all of these pitifull victims

but if their right against double jeopardy will merit

then these helpless victims will lost justice as it seems.

An approach which the administration have taken

to protect their interest and rights of the clan,

In truth, marshall law is the least option to be taken

to protect the victims and journalist of this land.

L-egal parlands of the law vividly and boldly display

no person shall be charged of the kind of crime

as stated from the right against double jeopardy

as embodied in the tenets of our laws at all times.

L-egality of RA 1959 issued by the Pres. Aroyo

is a direct and serious response to maguindanao crisis

but it's a way of protecting the ampatuan's from redo

and from technically acquiting the culprit out of this.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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