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Promulgation of Maguindanao massacre case set Dec. 19

Breaking News • 16:45 PM Mon Dec 2, 2019
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PTFoMS Usec. Joel Egco

JUSTICE AT HAND; COURT SETS MASSACRE PROMULGATION 19 DECEMBER

One of the most horrible events in modern human history is about to come to a close.

Last November 29, 2019, Presiding Judge Jocelyn A. Solis-Reyes of RTC-Branch 221 of Quezon City has set the promulgation of the decision on the Ampatuan Massacre case on 19 December, 2019, 9:00am at the Quezon City Jail-Annex, Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City.

Based on the instruction of Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, concurrent Chair of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), a copy of the Order was sent to the Task Force by DOJ Undersecretary Markk Perete Monday afternoon.

"The long wait is finally over. Mark the date December 19. At 9 in the morning, the whole world will witness the conclusion of the trial of the century,” according to PTFoMS Executive Director Usec. Jose Joel Sy Egco.

"The PTFoMS and the PCOO (Presidential Communications Operations Office) will make the necessary preparations for this historic event. We expect victory not only for the campaign against media violence but for human rights. This will prove to the world that human dignity is upheld, protected and valued in PH. Let us take the time out to ponder and learn from this fateful experience and thank the real heroes here- the families of the 58 victims, the prosecution witnesses, the government and private prosecutors" added Egco.

For his part, PTFoMS Co-Chair and PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said, “Let the people know that criminals who murder or in any way endanger journalists in this part of the world will not go unpunished. This is retribution. As I’ve said before, justice may grind exceedingly slow, but it will grind exceedingly fine. We are witnessing the end of this so-called ‘culture of impunity’ in our country”.

On November 23, 2009, a convoy with mostly female passengers on their way to Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao to file the certificate of candidacy of then Maguindanao gubernatorial candidate Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu was ambushed by around a hundred armed men.

Among those killed were Mangudadatu’s own wife and 2 sisters, and 12 other relatives and supporters, 2 lawyers and a father of one of the lawyers, 2 drivers, and 6 passersby.

It was the worst election-related violent incident in recent Philippine history and the single deadliest event for journalists in the world.

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