CMFR to Palace: Where's the outrage?

Posted at Nov 23 2012 02:21 PM | Updated as of Nov 23 2012 10:21 PM

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MANILA, Philippines - The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility is dismayed over Malacañang's level of interest in the Maguindanao massacre case.

CMFR trustee Vergel Santos said the Palace is not outraged enough at the brazenness of the criminals who killed 58 people and dumped them in a mass grave.

"I don't see enough outrage from Malacañang for one thing and such shortage of outrage reflects certainly the level of interest it has in the case. Probably Malacañang is just like the people of this country, they have their own priorities of pre-occupation," he said in a [email protected] interview.

Santos said he is also dismayed by the Supreme Court's decision to disallow live media coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial.

"The Maguindanao massacre case, the trial itself, transcends the issue of crime and punishment. The larger question involves civility, morality, political leadership and equality under the law," he said.

"It's not a particularly difficult puzzle to solve. You hijack a convoy - long convoy with 58 people, you force it off the road 2 kilometers away to a pre-dug grave. How brazen and confident can you get? This is such confident warlordism," he added.

Santos said the court should already resolve the cases filed against the alleged masterminds, the Ampatuans, instead of waiting for the arrest of the other suspects.

"You can't round up the suspects. They are so many
but the people at the core of conspiracy can be easily determined. The arrest of the Ampatuan father and son was rather quick (for) a crime so brazen," he said.

[email protected], November 23, 2012