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Ampatuan Massacre– Still No Justice, Two Years Hence November 24, 2011

Posted by pilibustero in Random Thoughts.
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Yesterday, November 23 marked the second year of the Ampatuan Massacre, popularly known as the Maguindanao Massacre, the world’s single worst attack on journalists elsewhere. Fifty-eight innocent lives were lost in a day, including some 30 journalists, while the 59th body is still nowhere to be found. Two years, hence, under a new government that boast of culpability and accountability as its battle cry, justice remains elusive. Although cases were filed and the brains are already incarcerated, judgement is still far from over and may take a ‘lifetime’ given the current pace and justice system in the country. While some 101 suspects still roam free. Perhaps, every year, around this time, we shall be devoting some time and effort to join the families and friends of the victims in seeking for ultimate justice.

JUSTICE, NOW! CONVICT THE AMPATUANS! END IMPUNITY IN THE PHILIPPINES!

PS. While on a trip in Davao last May, our group happened to share the resort we stayed with Gov. Toto Magudadatu and his family. I was looking for timing to approach him, perhaps just to greet or photo ops, but the security is tight (even while he was jetski-ing) and of course, not spoiling the family privacy. But our eyes were all on them, especially a kid (which we assume as his child) and recalling and reflecting on the massacre.

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Goodbye, Fr. Pops! Justice be served! November 3, 2011

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Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME (1952-2011)
He was ambushed on October 17, 2011 by suspected elements of Philippine military. He was a an advocate and defender of indigenous people’s rights and the environment. He ws parish priest of Arakan, North Cotabato at the time of his death.

I may not have known him personally but through his acts of kindness and courage in defense of the national minority, the environment and of just peace in Mindanao, his memory will forever reside in the hearts and minds of the people in struggle for that very same cause.

Long live your memory and struggles, Fr Pops!