Maguindanao massacre trial drags on; Fil-Ams pay tribute to fallen journalists

MANILA – After six years, the trial for the Maguindanao massacre case drags on frustrating the victims’ families and colleagues who may have no other choice but to wait longer.

The criminal cases constitute 58 counts of murder with 194 people accused.

Malacanang says President Aquino should not be blamed for the slow progress of the investigation.

“We’re in the normal course of things, executive branch like the ordinary citizen waiting for the otcome of the trial,” Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Edwin Lacierda said. “There is a court handling the case, maraming kaso, maraming akusado kaya we can only hope and we certainly hope the decision will be forthcoming”

The Supreme Court and Justice Department recognize the anguish of the victims’ kin who are crying out for justice every single day.

But because of the peculiar character of the pending multiple murder cases, both institutions say it is unavoidable that the trial takes time.

The regional trial court is hearing the case three times a week and has made efforts to streamline the proceedings.

Meantime, Fil-Am media groups, led by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines’ U.S. chapter, banded together to honor the memory of the 32 journalists killed in the Maguindanao massacre in 2009.

They held a tribute concert at the Celebrity Center International in Los Angeles.

It’s been six years since the massacre and they say justice remains elusive. Consul General Leo Herrera Lim, who attended the event, says he is in solidarity with the media groups.

“Parang paalala sa atin na hindi nakalimutan ang mga namatay nating mga journalists,” Consul General Herrera said.

Performers honored the memory of the victims and called for justice through their music.

The youth band Back2Jupiter dedicated their performance and original composition to the orphans of the slain journalists.







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