MANILA, Philippines – While various media organizations held a funeral procession of mock coffins to Mendiola on Friday, some Filipino netizens seemed to have forgotten what happened on that same day exactly three years ago.
On November 23, 2009, 58 people, including 32 journalists, were killed in the town of Ampatuan in the Maguindanao province. It was three years ago when the worst election-related violence happened in the country.
After that incident, the Filipino people vowed to never forget and never stop fighting for justice for all the people who were brutally killed.
But three years after the massacre, it seems some already got tired of waiting -- perhaps because they simply don't know what to wait for anymore.
Year 2012 is coming close to an end, and yet no convictions have been made and many of the massacre suspects are still at large. Only 99 suspects have been arrested from the 197 suspects who have been identified.
In other words, the victims' families have yet to get hold of the justice they have been fighting for since day one.
If it is true that justice delayed is justice denied, then does that mean that the justice for the 58 victims has long been gone?
Trending hashtags on Twitter
Some Filipino netizens did take to social media their rage over the slow pace of trial and the culture of impunity that still surrounds the society.
Netizen Robert Lee tweeted, "May contest pala sa Supreme Court. Pabagalan ng Hustisya. Remember the Maguindanao Massacre."
"Tatlong taon na ang nakalipas matapos ang 'Maguindanao Massacre' ambilis ng oras pero ang tagal ng usad ng kaso. Ano ba?!," said Paolo Valeroso, whose username is @kingpaaao.
Twitter user @cinederella said, "Justice delayed is justice denied. Let us remember our fallen brothers and sisters in that dreadful day in Maguindanao #MaguindanaoMassacre"
However, a few netizens did forget what happened in Maguindanao on November 23 exactly three years ago.
Twitter user xiaomei asked, "What happen to Maguindanao?"
Jaime Jepoy Cruz III, likewise, tweeted, "Anong meron sa #MAGUINDANAO? bat nasa trending?"
Although the word Maguindanao trended nationwide on micro-blogging site Twitter Friday morning while hashtag #MaguindanaoMassacre trended on Friday afternoon until evening, the Maguindanao massacre did not become a much talked about topic compared to #AMALAYER, #WelcometoManilaLEEMINHO and "Sotto."
Hashtag #AMALAYER trended for almost three days while hashtag #WelcometoManilaLEEMINHO trended for two days. The word "Sotto," meanwhile, trended nationwide more than once.
Trending hashtags and words on Twitter can indicate what topics or issues interest the netizens.
Now, people could only hope that netizens will truly never forget the Maguindanao massacre until due justice is served.