GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Over six years since the November 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre, justice remains elusive for families of the victims.
Grace Morales, spokesperson of Justice Now, on Tuesday visited the tomb of her husband, one of the journalists killed in the massacre. Fifty-eight people, 32 of whom were members of the media, died in the mass killing.
Morales said there is nothing special today except that they are commemorating the World Press Freedom Day.
She said Justice Now also wants to remind President Benigno Aquino III of his promise that the suspects in the Maguindanao massacre case will be convicted before his term ends.
"Kaya sa araw na ito, gusto ko sanang ipaalam sa kanya yung pangako niya. Nasaan na yung sinasabi niyang conviction na ipinangako niyang mangyayari sa kaso na ito?
"Karapatan naming singilin siya at kung ito lang ang paraan para maipaalala sa kanya na may pangako siya sa amin, gagawin namin," she said.
The Maguindanao massacre is the worst election-related violence in Philippine history.
"Sana hindi abutan pa ng anim na taon ulit para makakuha kami ng hustisya sa kaso na ito," said Morales.
According to Justice Now, they find it unlikely to get justice in the next administration, saying the presidential candidates have no clear plans in connection with the gruesome massacre.
The group noted that Vice President Jejomar Binay has formed an alliance with Sajid Ampatuan, one of the accused in the crime. One of the counsels of the victims' families has also joined Binay, which, Morales said, deeply hurt some of the families.
"Ito nga, magpapalit na ng administration, hindi namin alam kung sino ang uupo at kung may aasahan pa ba kami sa term sa darating na administrasyon," she said.