MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Tuesday said it is one with the nation in commemorating the Maguindanao massacre, which it tagged as one of the darkest moments in Philippine history and vowed to capture all suspects who are still at large.“We shall… Read More
MANILA – The Duterte administration will continue upholding press freedom, Malacañang said on Tuesday as the country commemorates the 12th year of the infamous Maguindanao massacre.In a Palace press briefing, Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles pointed… Read More
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The families of journalists here, who were killed in the grisly Ampatuan massacre on Nov. 23, 2009, vowed on Monday to sustain the fight for “full justice” for the victims — no matter how long it will take.The victims’ families reiterated the commitment… Read More
On the 11th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre, Malacañang on Monday vowed that government will continue hunting down suspects who are still at large and pursue charges against them.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement to commemorate the massacre in… Read More
UNESCO classifies Ampatuan massacre case ‘resolved’
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has officially classified the Ampatuan massacre as “resolved”, proof that the country’s justice system in safeguarding press freedom is truly working under the Duterte administration.
Moez Chackchouk, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, announced this in his letter to Ambassador Theresa Lazaro, acknowledging the concrete efforts of the government in bringing to justice the suspects in the 2009 massacre. Read More
The court has ordered members of the Ampatuan clan found guilty in the Maguindanao Massacre to pay a total of P155.6 -M to the heirs or next of kin of the victims of the mass murder in Maguindanao in 2009.
The beneficiaries of the 57 victims, including 32 journalists, are entitled to damages ranging from P350,000 to P23.5 million as part of the guilty verdict on the main perpetrators of the crime led by Andal Ampatuan Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan and three other members of the Ampatuan clan.
Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, in her 761-page decision promulgated Thursday, sentenced the principal convicts to life in prison without parole and ordered them to pay a total of over P155.6 million in damages to the heirs of victims. READ MOREREAD MORE
“The conviction of those primarily responsible for this dreadful incident is an important moment in the fight against impunity and political violence,” the Canadian embassy in Manila said in a statement.
“We must constantly build upon successes, such as the one in this case, and continue to uphold justice, accountability and advance the rule of law,” it added.
On Thursday, a decade since the carnage, eight members of the Ampatuan clan and 20 others were found guilty by a Quezon City regional trial court for 57 counts of murder.
The 58 victims, aside from the six passersby mistaken to be part of the convoy, were on their way to Shariff Aguak in Maguindanao to witness the filing of a certificate of candidacy of Esmael Mangudadatu for the 2010 gubernatorial race on Nov. 23, 2009.
The claim for damages of the 58 victim’s family, Reynaldo Momay, however, was dismissed after the court said there was not enough proof to convict the accused.
Momay’s body was never found and only a piece of denture, recovered more than a week after the carnage, was offered by the prosecution with his common-law wife positively identifying the item as belonging to the newsman.
The attack was described by Canada as a direct assault “on values held dear by both Filipinos and Canadians” as the victims included dozens of journalists and individuals exercising their right to participate in the electoral process.
“Human rights, press freedom and free and fair elections are foundations of an inclusive democratic society, and they must be defended,” it said.
“The embassy extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims who were brutally and senselessly killed during this incident, and hopes that this verdict provides them some form of solace,” it said. (PNA)