Maguindanao massacre protesters in Mendiola

A+
A
A-

CRY FOR JUSTICE. Protesters gather in Mendiola to commemorate the third anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre. Behind them are the 32 coffins representing the journalists who were among the 58 killed in Sharif Aguak on Nov. 23, 2009. JAMIE ELONA/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — A media organization and other militant groups carrying makeshift coffins arrived in Mendiola in Manila Friday afternoon to stage a protest rally in commemoration of the Maguindanao massacre’s third anniversary.

From the National Press Club’s office in Intramuros, the groups marched to Mendiola at 2:15 p.m., carrying the coffins that represented mediamen killed in the massacre, along with 25 other victims.

Each participant wore a black T-shirt bearing “Justice? 2009 [-] 2012. The group arrived in Mendiola a few minutes past 3 p.m.

Upon their arrival, the coffins were lined up on the street and chicks were placed on top of them signifying a call for justice.

In an interview, Benny Antiporda, NPC president, said Friday’s protest was to show their dismay over the government’s slow action on the case.

“Dalawang taon na si Presidenteng Noynoy [Aquino III] na walang malinaw na nangyayari. Ang inasahan natin nitong anibersaryo na ito ay maglalabas ang palasyo ng salita o ano pa mag pahayag na magsusuporta sa mga pamilya ng mga naulila. Pero wala tayong narinig. Naging tahimik sila. Puro salita, wala naman sa gawa,” Antiporda said.

He also expressed dismay over a Supreme Court decision which barred members of the media to cover the trial.

Antiporda said the act only added “insult to injury” saying that what they were expecting was a statement from the high tribunal on the fast-tracking of the case.

“Sinabi na bawal na ang media [pero] ilalaban natin na maging bukas ito sa lahat ng tao. Ang kinakatakutan natin ay magka hokus pokus, at tuluyan nang mapawalang sala at maligtas sa kamay ng batas itong mga Àmpatuan,” he said, pertaining to the Ampatuans who have been tagged as the masterminds behind the massacre.

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

An 11-foot “Impunity Monster Effigy” will be burned later Friday.

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • 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. Noynoy did not even 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 Liberal Party have succeeded yet again in trivializing the Maguindanao massacre into parochial and provincial politics. An unspeakable bloodbath that claimed 58 human lives, placed on hold the lives of 58 families and dragged on for more than 1,000 days and still counting.

    Where is the justice that Noynoy promised the Filipino people? 

    • Joseph Aquino

      Garbage!

      • EdgarEdgar

        Thank you for calling the Maguindanao Massacre victims garbage and showing your true color. Because Noynoy’s alliance with the Ampatuans is indefensible, you’re reduced to evading the issue by dismissing the 58 victims as garbage. Obviously, you don’t cosider yourself a Filipino.

  • Your_King

    So Aquino’s important numbers are the following…1 and 1 and 3 and 58.

    1 impeached CJ

    1 jailed former President

    but

    3 years since the massacre occurred with still no conviction

    &

    58 victims who’s murders still have no justice.

  • Joseph Aquino

    Haay!

    “Proud to be not a Filipino”.

    Your_King and EdgarEdgar are 2 confused individuals.

    The Ampatuans’ lawyers lined up many defense witnesses so that the trial would barely move. Two of those lawyers are a human rights advocate and an attorney who liaised between Ampatuans and the Palace occupant.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    “Puro salita, wala naman sa gawa,” Antiporda said.

    Excellent summary of this administration’s track record over the past two years.

    • jeffrey_01

      help STOP POLITICAL DYNASTIES.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Justice delay justice deny! who’s buying time the defense or protector of defense?

    • jeffrey_01

      help STOP POLITICAL DYNASTIES.

  • Mike Moreno

    Kagaguhan ang sitwasyon. Biruin mo 58 pinatay ni isa wala pa naconvict. Dapat inuna na yun mastermind at isunod na un iba. NAKAKAHIYA TAYO SA BUONG MUNDO. LALO NA SA MGA PAMILYA NG PINATAY. Si Pinoy wala din magawa. Those who are in authority should be replaced. 

    • jeffrey_01

      then help STOP POLITICAL DYNASTIES. 
      history will tell political dynasties has private armies.  the massacre will continue because of lucrative political gains which they can amass wealth and power.

  • jeffrey_01

    THE MASSACRE WILL CONTINUE. STOP POLITICAL DYNASTIES.

    REFORM IS NEEDED IN POLITICS, THE COMELEC AND THE CONSTITUTIONS NOW. 

    The ruling Liberal Party admitted the Ampatuans to run under their banner.  WHY?

  • arao_liwanag

    Noynoy Aquino has no appetite prosecuting the criminals, especially the perpetrators of those massacre in Mindanao and elsewhere in the country, because: One, the family of Noynoy is also accussed if not guilty of two instaces of massacre of the farmers of Hacienda Luisita; Two, the military/police were either directly or indirectly involved in committing the crime. 

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94