MANILA, Philippines – On November 23, 2012, we ask the nation to remember.
Three years after the murder of 58 in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, no convictions have been made. Of the 197 identified suspects, only 99 have been arrested. Three potential witnesses have been killed. At least 130 motions have been filed by the defense panel. Bail hearings are still in process.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines estimates it will take 27 years for a verdict to be reached.
According to Human Rights Watch, although the Aquino administration claims it has “neutralized” 28 so-called “private armies,” it has identified 107 more of these armed groups.
We speak the names of the victims, and hope our voices and those of many others will stand for theirs.
We will not forget. – Rappler.com
(Video by Kiri Dalena, Patricia Evangelista, Emil Mercado and Adrian Portugal).