The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines started activities on Wednesday for its month-long commemoration of the “Maguindanao massacre,” which transpired a decade back in November 23.
The members of the NUJP lit 58 candles representing the victims who died in the mass murder, with the members gathering at University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications in Quezon City.
“Umaasa kami at nananawagan na rin na magkaroon na ng promulgation sa kasong ito. Ang 10 taon ay masyado ng matagal. Kailangan na ng hustisya ang mga biktima ng ampatuan massacre,” said Raymund Villanueva, NUJP deputy secretary-general.
He also added that the group wishes for Zaldy Ampatuan’s recovery so he can be tried for the killings.
“Isipin natin kung walang hustisya sa mga biktima ng Ampatuan massacre. Mabibigyan ng lakas ng loob ang mga warlord, ang kahit na sino, lalo na sa kasalukuyang administrasyon, na atakehin ang mga mamamahayag bawa’t makaramdam sila ng o meron silang kinagagalit sa ating mga ulat,” Villanueva insisted.
Ampatuan, who allegedly orchestrated the killings, was hospitalized on Monday and diagnosed with cardiovascular disease secondary to cardiac dysrhythmia or abnormal heart beat, according to Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) spokesperson Chief Insp. Xavier Solda.
The “Maguindanao massacre” caused the death of 32 journalists and members of Mangudadatu clan, political rival of the Ampatuans.
Lastly, the group motivates media members to continue seeking justice for their colleagues’ death.