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8 years after, still no justice for Ampatuan massacre victims

Nov 21, 2017

JUSTICE IS still elusive after eight years of the gruesome murder of 58 people on Nov. 23, 2009, in Barangay Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

Relatives, friends and supporters of the victims are now appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte for justice by helping facilitate the resolution of cases against the perpetrators.

This could bring a glimmer of hope to the families of the victims who perished in the worst case of election-related violence in Philippine history which now is almost forgotten.

In a press conference at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Maguindanao Representative Zajid Mangudadatu emphasized the need to resolve the cases against the alleged perpetrators including the late Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his sons.

“I am not here for a blame game. I just want to remind everybody that we are still here waiting for justice to be served. We are fervently asking for your help because the case is still pending and progressing very slow,” Mangudadatu said.

“I hope that President Duterte will continue to help us in this fight to show the world that in the Philippines, criminals are given what is due to them. I firmly believe that President Duterte will be able to help us,” the lawmaker added.

Indeed, only a presidential directive for a speedy resolution of the case could mean the light at the end of the tunnel. Mangudadatu said relatives of some of the victims have died such as Nancy dela Cruz and Mario Cadagdagon, parents of journalists Gina dela Cruz and Jepon Cadagdagon.

“The wounds may have healed but the abuse and impunity that the perpetrators of the Ampatuan, Maguindanao Massacre still remain fresh and bleeding. It will only stop when we have achieved justice,” he said.

That’s putting it in the proper perspective. But more than words, action must be made like conducting daily hearings on the case or setting-up a court solely dedicated to the case.

Otherwise, another eight years will pass and we will still be crying out for justice.




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