On Ampatuan massacre’s fifth year | CEGP express dismay over court proceedings, witness death

Photo courtesy of Mindanews.

Photo courtesy of Mindanews.

“The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) demands justice for the victims of Ampatuan massacre and the continuing media-related killings. Five years have already passed but the developments on the Ampatuan massacre case dismay the campus press,” said Marc Lino Abila, CEGP National President.

CEGP, along with other media groups, staged a candle-lighting activity at EDSA Shrine today, November 23, to commemorate the fifth year of the infamous massacre of 58 people, including 32 journalists and media workers, in the town of Ampatuan, Maguindanao last 2009.

“CEGP also expresses its disappointment to the court decision allowing 42 suspects in the Ampatuan massacre to post bail and the killing of another witness to the Ampatuan massacre case, a former driver of the Ampatuan family, who was ambushed at Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao with another former Ampatuan employee and witness who was injured in the incident,” said Abila

“It is disquieting for the campus press that injustice and impunity continue to prevail. The victims and families of extrajudicial killings and human rights violations deserve immediate justice, but the Aquino government remains silent and sedentary on the clamor of the Filipino people for justice,” Abila added.

“Aquino acts as if no human rights violations are being committed under his administration. In fact, he’s actually the one who continues on perpetrating these violations by allowing the military and para-military groups to infringe the rights of the people through Oplan Bayanihan and his criminal negligence to the victims of calamities. The campus press has had enough of his “haciendero” arrogance. Aquino doesn’t deserve to be president anymore,” Abila continued.

“We are calling our fellow Filipino youth to demand justice for the victims of human rights violations under Aquino administration and stand in solidarity with the families of victims of media killings and human rights violations in our demand to end the culture of impunity,” called Abila.###