I received information from a resident in Maguindanao, Southern Philippines, more than 24 hours after the proclamation of Martial Law on 5 Dec 2009. This will give outsiders a view of what is going on there.
A text message from Sharif Aguak: “Mainit masyado dito. Pumapasok na sila sa mga bahay. Nanghuhuli na sila ng mga lalaki. Ang bahay ni Kalim kinuha mga bigas. Tinalian mga tao. Hinihipuan mga babae. Please pass so others may know the abuses of the soldiers.” (It is getting tense here. They (soldiers) entered the homes. They caught men. They stole Kalim’s rice. They tied the people. They touched the private parts of women.)
I would like to call the attention of proper authorities to maintain peace, order, and justice during these challenging times.