The full PCIJ documentary on the Maguindanao clans is now online

A VIDEO DOCUMENTARY produced by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) on the continuing rule of the political clans in Maguindanao province may now be viewed online.

ANGKAN, INC. was produced by the PCIJ with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). The documentary was also broadcast by television network TV5 on Sunday, April 28, as part of the station’s Balwarte series.

The PCIJ documentary looks at the roots of clan rule in Maguindanao, tracing it to as far back as the rule of the Datus at the height of the Sultanate of Maguindanao, before the arrival of the Spaniards i the Philippines. Over the centuries, especially in the last hundred years, the royal clans of Maguindanao had evolved from religious and cultural pillars of the society into political clans courted by the powers that be in Manila, beginning first with the American colonial regime, followed by successive Philippine governments after the declaration of Independence.

The continued political and economic influence of the clans became all the more apparent during election years, when they field large numbers of clan members, effectively smothering many other aspirants for public office.

The print versions of the documentary may be viewed here:

Ampatuans, web of kin warp Maguindanao polls

Maguindanao’s misery: Absentee officials, absence of rage, poverty

National politics prop dynasties to win elections


2 Responses to ANGKAN, INC. docu now online


Clarence Alvarez

April 29th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

“Pre Colonial Era, Can Compare To A Clean House. Modern Day Era Is Dirty Barnyard, And The Political Clans, The Animal With Dirt”


ismael datukon

May 3rd, 2013 at 8:09 pm

it’s not too late.! ! ! dont u know that there were many municipalities created by ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) were bogus and does not possess the requirements of a municipality. for your info, u can see a municipalities wherein goats and carabaos outnumbered the actual human population.
In its creation, u can see the records of RLA were the documents attached for their creation were spurious, fake and overstated in terms of area and financial capability.
Again it’s not too late! ! ! we appeal to the media for their cooperation to let the president abolish all these bogus municipalities in ARMM created by RLA. a mere executive order may invalidate such unlawful creation. Otherwise, these people will still control numbers of municipalities in ARMM.
In this manner, justice will be served for our comrades in media.

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