Mrs. Salaysay, widow of slain journalist Napoleon Salaysay, expressed hope that the Filipino people would not forget the Ampatuan massacre.Read More
“I am sad but also happy to know that many people continue to support our fight for justice.” – widow of Ampatuan massacre victimRead More
MANILA – Journalists from various media outfits commemorated the 42nd month of the Ampatuan massacre, May 23, at the National Cathedral of St Mary and St John in Quezon City. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) mounted an exhibit titled “Never Forget: The Ampatuan Massacre” featuring photos by Jes Aznar, Nonoy Espina, and Veejay Villafranca, among others. A short program was held in the evening. Journalists lit candles and offered prayers for their 32 colleagues slain in the massacre. Mrs. Edita Tiamzon, widow of UNTV crew Daniel…Read More
Various media organizations, progressive groups and the academe commemorated the third anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre that claimed the lives of 58 individuals, of whom 32 are media workers. Photos by POM CAHILOG-VILLANUEVA, RONALYN V. OLEA, ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL, JANESS ANN J. ELLAO and FRED DABU Produced by BULATLAT MULTIMEDIARead More
By SIDLANGAN NATIVIDAD Bulatlat.com MANILA– Student journalists from different student publications under the banner of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines-NCR (CEGP) held a protest action in front of the Mendiola Peace Arch a day before the November 23 Ampatuan Massacre commemoration. Campus journalists hold protest at the Mendiola Peace Arch marking the third anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre.(Photo by Sidlangan Natividad/ bulatlat.com) Student journalists carried three body trails made of newspapers decorated with the calls ‘End Impunity Now!’, ‘Stop killing Journalists’ and ‘Defend Press Freedom,’ which, according to…Read More
By RONALYN V. OLEA
“Taken together, the acts of commission and omission by the Aquino administration betray sheer lip service to justice and press freedom, and a dangerous tendency to sacrifice both to the exigencies of power.” – media groups
By BULATLAT STAFF
On the 3rd anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre, justice remains elusive for the victims. Groups deem that the Aquino administration has failed to curb impunity.
As a community of educators and students, we in the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) join journalists and media workers in remembering what must not be forgotten! November 23 marks not just the third year of the Ampatuan massacre but also the second year of the International Day to End Impunity (IDEI). As the whole world remembers the death of 58 people, including 32 journalists and media workers, we strongly encourage all communication and journalism educators and students to also lend their voice in seeking…Read More
Brad Adams, Asia director for the Human Rights Watch, said the Ampatuan massacre has “brought to light” the dangers posed by private armies, militias, and paramilitaries in the country “but the administration of President Benigno Aquino III has not seriously addressed the problem.” By MARILOU AGUIRRE-TUBURAN Davao Today DAVAO CITY — Three years after the gruesome killing of 58 people, 33 of whom are media workers, by the private army of the powerful Ampatuan clan in Maguindanao province, various groups and individuals are criticizing the slow pace of the trial…Read More
By BENJIE OLIVEROS
The continued reign of impunity, political dynasties and warlordism, the Aquino government’s contempt for a critical press and the lack of sweeping political, electoral and judicial reforms all contribute to the absence of justice.
By RONALYN V. OLEA
“If the Massacre has made anything clear, it is the difficulty of obtaining justice through a judicial system hostage to technicalities and susceptible to the crafty manipulation of lawyers” – Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility