THE FAMILIES of the 58 victims of the Nov. 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre are starting to lose hope in the justice system, and the government has only itself to blame.
As we commemorate the third anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre, where 32 journalists and media workers were among the murdered, only two of the eight Ampatuan clan members in jail have been arraigned. Some witnesses have died. Some relatives of the victims have fled their hometowns following receipt of death threats.
The Ampatuan Massacre is the single most brutal attack against the press in Philippine history. On November 23, 2009, 58 persons–including 32 journalists and media workers–were killed in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, southern Philippines. Outdated and laborious court procedures have prolonged the trial. Since the Massacre three years ago, press coverage of the trial and other related events has waned, as the trial drags on. Following are links to the news stories chronicling events during the third year of the Ampatuan massacre.