WATCH: Justice remains missing after seven years of Ampatuan Massacre

After seven years, justice is not yet served to the families of Ampatuan Massacre victims in Maguindanao Province.


As today, November 23, 2016 marks its 7th anniversary, families and relatives of the victims went to tragedy site with flowers and candles to reminisce the heartbreaking violence happened in 2009.

Fifty-eight people including 32 journalists and media personnel died in the worst election-related violence in Philippine history.

In an interview aired by ANC, Dabet Panelo, Secretary-General of National union of Journalists in the Philippines said that it is very hard to fight for justice if the perpetrators are big.

“Sa totoo lang, dapat mabilis yan eh,  kaya lang malakas talaga ang mga kalaban mo. Hindi sila basta-basta. This is one clan,” Panelo added.

Meanwhile, Vergel Santos, representative of Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility said that justice moves glacially in the country.

Although the Quezon City Trial Court conducts three sessions a week however the number of defendants is delaying the case progress.

197 people are involved in the said massacre but four of them died including the Andal Ampatuan Sr..

Atty. Nena Santos pointed out that the defendants should be fast in presenting the evidence because the prosecution can finish a big case within three years time.

“Sabi nga nila kung wala kang depensa ang pinaka the best na depensa ay delay,” she added.

According to report, four prospect witnesses already died and family members were forced to drop the case in exchange for five million each.

The case is still ongoing with main suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr who is still behind the bars.

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The victims’ relatives appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to take a look on this case.

[Source: ABS-CBN News]