Palace hopes 'justice will finally come' for Maguindanao massacre victims

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Posted at Nov 24 2019 08:31 AM

MANILA - Malacañang on Saturday joined the nation in commemorating the Maguindanao massacre on its 10th year.

"We hope that justice will finally come," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

"We join our people in commemorating this tragic day in our history even as we assure our people that the Duterte administration remains resolute in giving justice to the victims and their families, as well as the maintenance of the protection of all media practitioners."

The Maguindanao massacre took place on November 23, 2009 after a convoy en route to file the certificate of candidacy of then Maguindanao gubernatorial candidate Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu was strafed by armed men.

Mangudadatu was, at the time, challenging the long-ruling Ampatuan clan for governorship of Maguindanao. 

The convoy's passengers -- mostly journalists and female relatives of Mangudadatu -- were gunned down and dumped in a shallow grave in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao.

Witnesses testified that members of the Ampatuan family, the Mangudadatus' rival political clan in Maguindanao, masterminded the crime.

A Quezon City court is expected to release its ruling by December.