Protest remembers massacre, sparks HOPE



MANILA, Philippines—Media groups and other organizations are holding a day-long protest in Manila in commemoration of the third anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre where 58 people, including 32 journalists, were brutally killed and buried in mass graves.

The day’s activity kicked off with a mass at 10 a.m. in San Agustin in Intramuros as Church leaders, Caloocan Diocese Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, students, personalities and political aspirants came together to pray for Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Election in 2013 (HOPE 2013).

The mass will be followed by “Walk for HOPE 2013” to the Commission on Elections office as groups urge the poll body to ensure clean and fraud-free elections in 2013.

Apart from the mass and walk protest, a covenant signing for HOPE 2013 will also be held where participants will light 58 candles at the Maguindanao Masssacre commemorative marker at the National Press club to symbolize their call for swift justice for the slain victims.

A march to the Supreme Court for a short program will be next before heading to Mendiola to burn an 11-feet effigy called the “Impunity Monster.”

“The burning of the Impunity Monster effigy will symbolize the Filipino people’s desire to put an end to the culture of impunity in the country,” said Crisanto de Leon, chairman of the UGATLahi Artists Collective, a group of visual artists who mounted the effigy.

De Leon also said they call on President Benigno Aquino III “to be true to his words” that he will bring speedy justice to the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre. Jamie Elona

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  • tra6Gpeche

    Just like the Moises Padilla Story, a film of the Ampatuan Massacre should be made in order for the Filipino youth to remember what happened on November 23, 2009, where 58 people were massacred in the town of Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

  • EdgarEdgar

    It’s better to be brutally frank now than to go around in circles and keep the victims’ families guessing forever. Noynoy and his Liberal Party are already in bed with the butchers of the Maguindanao massacre. Not just in bed but in connivance with the Ampatuans to win more votes in the south in exchange for the political rehabilitation and exoneration of some Ampatuans who are now detained in the imperial capital of Manila. Our ugly bald gay president Noynoy did not think twice before embracing the Ampatuans, giving them a leg up and thrusting his full support so that the Ampatuans may win more votes for Noynoy’s Liberal Party in the coming 2013 elections. Clearly, Noynoy finds it very pleasurable to scratch the Ampatuans’ back as they do his. But then again, this should come as no surprise since Noynoy himself all too readily abandoned the search for his father’s killers just to kiss and make up with Tito Danding. Noynoy is all too willing to do anything and go to any extent for political and personal expediency.

    At the expense of our national pursuit of justice, Noynoy and his political operatives have succeeded again in dividing this country into parochial and provincial interests, driving home the point ever more clearly that all of Noynoy’s politics are personal, parochial and peculiar.

    • tarikan

      The son is no different from the mama. The mama really knew who were the masterminds of her husband’s assassination but kept quiet to the extent that she blocked any re-opening of the case in pain of retaliation from the cousin’s wrath. The mama therefore was afraid of the truth coming out so is the boy.

      • EdgarEdgar

        Indeed. For condoning the injustices of the past and hiding the truth from future generations of Filipinos to come, no other two persons did more harm to this country than the mama and the mama’s boy. Just like the mama, this mama’s boy will soon be consumed by cancer and die a cancerous death. Cancer and Karma coming home to roost.

  • tarikan

    I think the protesters should also shame the Ampatuan defense counsels esp. Atty. Fortun who I’m afraid is not interested in seeking out the truth or justice by his dilatory tactics. Understandable on the perspective of the defense because Atty. Fortun was paid to do exactly that. 

  • pikloy

    De Leon also said they call on President Benigno Aquino III “to be true to his words” that he will bring speedy justice to the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre.
    I don’t get it…. The President controls the rule of law in the justice system.

  • Joey

    why is Noynoy allowing this to happen? and Binay, the people will take note of this partnership between UNA and the Ampatuan clan. just watch in May 2013 and learn!

  • ever green

    why blame the executive branch on the shortcomings of the judiciary??? Not that I am defending Pnoy, puwede ba niya diktahan ang judiciary??? I mean, para matanggal lang si Corono, katakot takot na maniubra ginawa sa senate….
    Ung ampatuan case, nasa RTC pa lang iyan…mukhang nilulunod na ung judge sa sang damakmak na petitions……..
    SUggestion ko lang….sunugin na lang ung compound kung saan nakakulong ang mga ampatuan…..tapos na usapan. Wala rin namang kuwentang ikulong ang mga iyan, hahari-hari din lang sa bilibid….

  • virgoyap

    How many protests and marches needed to make the Maguindanao massacre case speedy. The slower the case be resolved the happier are the Ampatuans and all those who are involved. Up to now they still don’t feel the pains and sufferings for what they have done. While the dear ones of the victims are the one carrying the crosses for what had happened. What a pity!!! What an injustice!!!

  • patriotic_act

    again.. “due process” is the culprit here

    • JuanTamadachi

      I agree  and more likely it is  due to our archaic laws and/or rules of court that make due process a game of endurance..

      • patriotic_act


        and most of the time those who are guilty are the ones who have the endurance.. and the victims will slowly get tired of it and will lose interest and will just walk away..

        imagine.. even the most outrageous appeals and defense exhibits like “the victims might have killed themselves during the commotion” or “some of the women might have drank poison before even meeting the ampatuans” are always given enough time and attention to be presented.. and the prosecution must prove  them wrong in print and evidence.. even if its so comedic and mor*nic to do so..

        but with due process all parties are given “equal” sharing and attention.. even if its already obvious they have the right to present defense evidences no matter how funny and id**tic it is.

        that’s due process for us all..

  • Francis81

     Walang mangyayari sa kasong ito. Malaki ang contributions ng mga Ampatuans kay  Pweenoy nung 2010 elections. Ngayon pasok na sa LP ang mga Ampatuans. Ito ba ang tuwid na daan?

  • Francis81

    Protektado na ni Pweenoy ang mga Ampatuans.  Kaya wala ng aasahang hustisya ang mga biktima at ang mga nagdadalamhati nilang pamilya.

  • Beguine

    Shouldn’t the appeal , okay, protest be at Malacanang and calling
    PNoy’s attention to do something about this shameful handling of
    this infamous, terrible and unprecedented no-brainer massacre?

    The Ampatuans are being made to look like geniuses in masterminding
    this gory massacre, because until now they haven’t been found guilty and

    Or, will be Ampatuans be found to be mad and psychologically imbalanced
    just to make their great escape from punishment? And after that, they would be
    set free and God forbid, at liberty to stage another massacre?

  • Neil

    Usad PAGONG. usad SUSO ang hustisya sa Maguindanao masaker at sa iba pang karumal-dumal na krimen..  Mukhang ang mga ATTORNEY lamang ang siyang makikinabang at gaganansya rito.  

    Panahon na upang ISAREPORMA ang JUSTICE SYSTEM sa BANSA;  kun di man kaya makagawa ng Executive Order ang Malakanyang,   isang batas  o  panukala sa hanay ng KONGRESO.

    Sa sobrang bagal ng hustisya,  inip na ang mamamayang Pilipino at pinagtatawanan na tayo ng mundo.  Kahit paano,   DAMAY ang DAANG MATUWID at ADMNISTRASYONG PNOY sa nabuBULUK na sistema ng hustisya sa bansa natin..

  • Cal_Reznick

    If you are expecting the President to be true on his words than you will being expecting a long time because he is rarely true on his words. Well he has kept one thing true and that is his senseless hatred for the former President.

  • DondonSantosJr

    Sana matapos na ang kasong ito at maparusahan ang mga may kasalanan.
    Justice for the VictimsClosure for the family

  • Lits

    Dapat sa mga yan bitayin sa harap ng publiko, kaso pag mayaman iba ang batas…mga buhay pa kayo mga hayop kayong mga ampatuan, mga demonyo. Very bad laws in the Philippines shame on you judge of this hearing..kasuhan na dapat yan at wag ng patagalin pa mga animals yan at di tao

  • Lits

    Sa mga naagrabyado sa kasong eto, pa riding in tandem nyo ang  atty ng mga ampatuans para di na rin tumagal ang kaso, P15,000 lang yan or pabugbog nyo sa loob ang mga amptuans kasi hari ang mga yan sa lugar nila

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