COMELEC just removed Grace Padaca from the governorship of Isabela Province, Philippines, and claimed that Benjamin Dy won by 1,051 votes in an election that saw hundreds of thousands of votes cast.
The Dy clan has ruled Isabela for three decades -- 30, as in THIRTY, years.
Talk about the Manila government encouraging clan and warlord dynasties. COMELEC had absolutely no compunction about turning over an entire province to another warlord clan dynasty. Shameless. Truly shameless.
Btw, the Ampatuans in Maguindanao reportedly own 28 mansions in an area characterized as one of the most impoverished in the whole country. Arms caches unearthed consist of the most modern and most expensive in the world.
Where is the money coming from? Where did it come from?
An unremarked news report about the US suspendings its development programs in Maguindanao provides a clue.
Check out www.philippines.usaid.gov/programs_usaid_mindanao.htm. which lists all of said agency's programs in the area, including Maguindanao.
Here's a quote from its listing of "successes:"
4,500 disputes settled by community-based volunteers
81 clan conflicts settled in rido-prone provinces
Who are these "community-based volunteers" and how did they settle those disputes? Through heavier firepower? -- #