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Maguindanao massacre anniversary: Aquino reminded of poll promise

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Journalists carry torches and display placards bearing the photos of victims of the massacre of 58 people, 32 of them journalists, as they march towards the Justice Department in Manila Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 ahead of Sunday's 5th year commemoration of the massacre in Maguindanao, Southern Philippines. The journalists lamented the slow pace of the trial of the Ampatuan clan, the prime suspects in the massacre as well as 196 others accused in the carnage. The massacre of 58 people is the country's worst election violence. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Jergi Malabanan, daughter of Gina dela Cruz, one of the 58 killed in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, was fidgety as her turn to take the stage on Saturday night was nearing.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SC has taken ‘extraordinary’ steps for speedy Maguindanao massacre trial — Sereno

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Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno    INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court has already taken “extraordinary” measures to ensure the speedy disposition of the five-year-old Maguindanao Massacre trial.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

700 protesters call for end to impunity on 5th anniversary of Maguindanao massacre

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A photographer takes pictures of an art exhibit to mark the 5th anniversary of the massacre of 58 people, 32 of them journalists, in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. AP

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre, about 700 protesters from Mindanao marched from Las Piñas to Baclaran in Parañaque on Sunday and called on the government to end the culture of impunity and injustice still prevailing in their region.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

State of the Maguindanao massacre trial exposes weaknesses in judicial system

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Catholic priests bless markers where 58 people were killed at the massacre site in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, in southern island of Mindanao on November 21, 2014, ahead of the fifth anniversary of the worst political massacre of the country.  Five years after 58 people were killed in the Philippines' worst political massacre, anger among victims' relatives is building, with no one yet convicted and the alleged masterminds still enjoying power. AFP PHOTO/Mark Navales

Five years after the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, the trial of the suspected killers has made private prosecutor Gilbert Andres realize the systematic weaknesses of the Philippine judicial system.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Follow killer backhoe to keep case moving

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Maguindanao massacre, Ampatuan Trial, Election Violence, Impunity, Media Killings, Philippine History, Rowena Paraan, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, NUJP, Andal Ampatuan Sr., “Province of Maguindanao”

Its rust-red boom neatly folded, the yellow backhoe that crunched the vehicles and bodies of 58 people, most of them media workers, in what is now called the Maguindanao massacre stands idle in the evidence yard of a police compound here.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

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