Vigil set for 1,000th day of Maguindanao massacre


Posted at Aug 18 2012 04:05 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2012 08:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines – An overnight vigil will be held from Sunday (August 19) to Monday (August 20) to mark the 1,000th day of the massacre in Maguindanao, which claimed at least 58 lives.

The vigil, led by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, will be held at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani, EDSA cor. Quezon Ave., Quezon City from 4 p.m. on Sunday until 9 a.m. the next day.

The activity aims to commemorate the victims of the heinous killings, 32 of whom are members of media.

A mass and a motorcade will also be held at the Forest Lake Memorial Park in General Santos City on Sunday.

Families of the massacre victims will also hold a press conference at the memorial park, where most of the victims are buried.

Art works made by the victims will also be posted at the event.

The massacre is considered the most brutal attack against journalists in the country, alarming not only the Philippines but international human rights and press freedom groups as well.

However, around 100 officials, police and militiamen accused in the case remain at large.

Of the 196 accused, only 76 have been arraigned.