The Mindanao Massacre: Justice delayed is justice denied!

The Mindanao massacre left 57 people dead a year ago, on 23 November 2009.

The massacre was not only an attack on journalists or political leaders, said Paul Randy Gumanao, vice president for Mindanao of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, but was affront to the Filipino people.

“The impotent action of our government is a form of betrayal of our democracy,” he added. “It is not enough that we just remember the most gruesome attack in media history. We need to act and rage because there is a continued culture of impunity in our country.”

On 23 November 2009, a commando of about 100 armed men attacked a convoy carrying 57 people.

The attack was so gruesome that it caused widespread fear and stunned the Philippines and the rest of the world.

A year later, no conviction has been pronounced.

In the prevailing climate of impunity, about one hundred witnesses have been killed, including former clan members turned government evidence.

Mgr Bernardino C. Cortez, chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media, said that the trial must move at a faster pace. Otherwise, “Justice delayed is justice denied”.

 

Asia News

November 24, 2010

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