Contrary to Aquino’s promise, no one has been convicted yet for the brutal murder of 58 individuals, of whom 32 were journalists, on Nov. 23, 2009. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Marking the World Press Freedom day, families of the victims of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre issued an open letter reminding President Benigno…
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“Aquino told us during his campaign for presidency that he would resolve the case before he gets down. Now, he is ignoring us.”
In the 2014 Impunity Index of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Philippines was ranked third next to Iraq and Somalia.
Another day of delay in bringing justice to the 58 victims is another license for greater human rights violations and unaccountability in the country. We could no longer allow this government, or the next, to continue this injustice.
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld As if to mock the memory of the 32 journalists and media workers who were among the 58 men and women killed on Nov. 23, 2009, during the Ampatuan Massacre (named after the town where it took place), the Philippine National Police (PNP) has prevented media coverage…
In commemoration of the fifth year of the Ampatuan massacre, journalists and advocates stage protest actions highlighting the call for justice and an end to impunity. Photos by Fred Dabu | Ronalyn V. Olea |National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (MANILA) Noel Godinez/ Northern Dispatch (BAGUIO CITY) Editing by Ronalyn V. Olea Music: Pahayagan…
“Deprive us not of justice.” – Edita Tiamzon, wife of UNTV cameraman Daniel Tiamzon
“Our justices may look into the possibility of reviewing and revising the rules of court.” – Prima Quinsayas, lawyer of the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists
The Ampatuan Massacre is a key issue in the Filipino people’s struggle against the culture of impunity that has afflicted the country for so long. A decision favourable to the masterminds and killers will encourage more killings of and human rights violations against journalists, activists, and other sectors.
Members of the End Impunity Alliance, AlterMidya, a national network of alternative media outfits and the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication will hold a protest march around the university’s academic oval on Nov. 21.
“Aquino is wrong in saying that the killings are not work-related. These journalists were killed for their work, not because of a love triangle or any other reason.” – Luis Teodoro