Yesterday the announcement came out that the whole Maguindanao area where the massacre of 67 people took place, was put under Martial Law. My initial reaction was...not another Martial rule. Having been under Martial Rule for over a decade doesn't give a lot of people who went through it any comfort.
But after seeing all the videos of raid operations by the military taken by the media who joined them during the raid, maybe it was a necessity.
Properties of the arrested suspected mastermind and his relatives revealed arsenals of high-powered weapons buried in different places.It was clearly a case of warlordism in the area.There were over 100 participants responsible for the massacre,majority of whom are still at large. In a region where clan wars are common,the violence wouldn't have simply ended with the 67 people massacred.
I will try to keep an open mind...