Philippine journos want justice over 2009 massacre

2015-11-23 19:22
Relatives of 32 journalists and media workers who were killed in the Maguindanao massacre light candles near the Presidential Palace in Manila. (Bullit Marquez, AP)

Relatives of 32 journalists and media workers who were killed in the Maguindanao massacre light candles near the Presidential Palace in Manila. (Bullit Marquez, AP)

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Manila - Hundreds of journalists and rights activists took to the streets of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, on Monday demanding justice for 58 people killed six years ago at a political rally.

The demonstrators lit candles and carried placards saying "never4get" and "justice for all victims!!"

On November 23 2009 gunmen ambushed a convoy carrying the election candidacy of a local politician and killed 58 people, including 32 members of the press, in Maguindanao province, 960km south of Manila.

The protesters on Monday also burned a model of a digger, allegedly used by the suspects to prepare the graves of the victims and bury them.

Six years after the murders, the trials of more than 200 suspects have not moved, and more media workers have been killed under the administration of President Benigno Aquino, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said.

"Close to half of the suspects are still free," the union said in a statement. "It is not encouraging at all, not by any standards."

The patriarch of the clan accused of masterminding the murders has died in detention, while one of his sons is out on bail and running for mayor in next year's elections, it added.

Then-opposition candidate Esmael Mangudadatu, who was not present during the attack, went on to win the governorship in the 2010 general elections.

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