It is next to impossible for presidential aspirant Gibo Teodoro to escape responsibility for the Maguindanao massacre. He admitted that he warned Mayor Toto Mangudadatu of the violent nature of the Ampatuans. That, in itself is clear proof that he is aware of the heavy firearms that GMA gave to them.
Thus, Teodoro could have removed the threat posed by the Ampatuans. As Defence Secretary, he was very capable of mandating the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to conduct a search and arrest manoeuvre in Maguindanao. Was it not the AFP who arrested the Ampatuans, disbanded their private armies and confiscated their huge armoury? But that happened “post facto.” (more…)