Campus press declares national day of action

As the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), the widest alliance of student publications in the country, convened its council members last 2nd Council Meeting under the 35th National Congress, officers from its different formations and chapters concurred to hold a National Day of Action to call to end impunity today.

“It has been two years since the Maguindanao Massacre happened—two years—but still, no resolution has been delivered to the case and no justice has been given to the victims,” said Pauline Gidget Estella, CEGP national deputy secretary-general.

Last November 23, 2009, 58 people were killed; 32 are members of the media, two are lawyers and a number of men and women who just happened to be passing by the area, were killed. Thus, the incident increased the total number of victims of extra-judicial killings, also increasing the impossibility of bringing the perpetrators of violations to account.

“It’s not new. We knew it from the very start that the State failed to meet their obligations to investigate violations, because they belong to the perpetrators,” Estella stressed.

“We believe that President Benigno Aquino III, as the head of the State, must be held liable to investigate perpetrators as he pledged to hold murderers accountable. But no one during his almost one and a half years of serving the country has been prosecuted among the perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture, enforced disappearances and illegal arrests. And not one of all the victims of the human rights violations has been given justice,” Estella added.

Today, campus press nationwide stand as one to end the existence of culture of impunity in the country addressing to the current government of Pres. Aquino.

In Metro Manila, “We (campus journalists) will fill España and Morayta with black ribbons while marching to Mendiola, mourning and demonstrating for all the victims of extra judicial killings. In the
evening, a lantern lighting with the call “End Impunity” will take place at the Boy Scouts Circle together with multi-sectoral organizations fighting to end impunity in the country, while our chapters will hold their own actions.” Estella ended.

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