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32 coffins a reminder of unresolved Maguindanao massacre

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GRIM REMINDER. 32 coffins lie at the National Press Club, symbolizing the death of 32 of 58 victims in the Maguindanao massacre on Nov. 23, 2009. A procession protesting the unresolved case will bring the coffins to Mendiola, near Malacanang on the third anniversary of the brutal killings. JAMIE ELONA/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – A media organization and other militant groups are set to carry 32 coffins in a procession from the National Press Club to Mendiola, symbolizing the number of journalists, of the 58, killed in the massacre in Maguindanao in 2009.

The 32 coffins bore the names of each of the journalists found dead and buried in a mass grave in Shariff Aguak on the morning of Nov. 23, 2009.

One of the placards showed a picture of Andal Ampatuan Jr. behind bars, with the words “3 taon na, nakatawa pa!” Others showed photos of killed victims.

Andal was listed among the principal suspects, along with other members of the Ampatuan clan, believed to be involved in the massacre.

While 103 are now under detention, 92 remain at large, among them nine members of the Ampatuan clan, 64 Civilian Volunteer Organization (CVO) members, eight policemen, four AFP personnel and seven others, Special Investigation Task Froce “Maguindanao” said.

Along with the coffins, participants are also to bring an 11-foot tall “Impunity Monster Effigy” to Mendiola, “which will symbolize the long-drawn demand of the relatives of the Maguindanao Massacre victims for justice and for the culprits of the mass murder to pay the price for the crime they had committed,” said Crisanto de Leon, chairman of the UGATLahi Artists Collective, a group of visual artists who mounted the effigy.

The effigy will be burned at Mendiola later in the day.


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  • EdgarEdgar

    It is plain for all to see that Noynoy and his administration are just dicking around with the massacre victims and their families. It’s better to be brutally frank now than to go around in circles and keep the victims’ families guessing forever. As it is, 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.

    • levis2012

      Another dumb and biased comment…. The Judiciary decides the outcome of that Case, and not PNoy or the Executive Department.  And because of the so called “due process” and all the technicalities being played by Ampatuan’s lawyers, the case drags for 3 years now… Set your mind straight and stop your senseless lambasting of the President!

      • EdgarEdgar

        But Noynoy was just too biased and bent on forming an alliance with the Ampatuans in order to get LP more votes in the south. That alone is aiding and abetting criminals. Known criminals in fact. And for once, stop turning a blind eye on the destruction Noynoy is wreaking on our country.

  • 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!!!

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    Bawas bawasan kasi ang kadramahan. Nagmumuka tuloy nagagamit kayo ng militant groups at at mga galit/ayaw kay Pnoy. Nakakawalang-gana naman talaga ang pinapakita nyo. Ayaw nyo sa death penalty, ayaw nyo sa diktador, ayaw nyo ng summary justice, may nagrereklamo pag mabagal….may nagrereklamo pag mabilis….saan ba dapat ang kalagyan nyo?

  • Your_King

    Why does President Aquino still need a reminder? Does he have short term memory or something? You don’t need to be President to know about this case and how long its taking and how seemingly neglected it has been. If Aquino would just be more Presidential he’d have resolved this issue by now. However, that’s not the case…he’s to busy having his fun abroad and making excuses for his failed promises.

  • rodben

    Where is the Judicial reform after Corona? Same2 EDSA 26yrs now but nothing change the life of Pinoys majority, only the few  rich become riches and politicians in power become powerful

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SNOTPR3RQG5A5K5YIHHOKYWNAM Bagwis

    nu kayang problema bat wala pang linaw ito..???

  • No Mind

    Now, church leaders. Why not use the word of God again on this Ampatuan case? You are always using it intervening the affairs of the government, right? “God said: those who wont forgive others shall not be forgiven also”. Use it now, forgive Ampatuans and let us all die from the hands of these demons and their siblings.



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