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Remember, remember, the 58 in November

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 23 2019 10:10 PM | Updated as of Nov 23 2019 11:49 PM

Ten years ago today, the deadliest and most gruesome attack on journalists anywhere in the world happened on Philippine soil.

The Ampatuan massacre of 58 people that included several media workers in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao, was also the biggest story and the most audacious attack during election season of 2009.

Forces identified with a powerful clan in the province carried out the killings with impunity, sending a chilling, unfortunate statement that political dynasties can get away with the most blatant of crimes.

A decade has passed since the slaughter of the innocents and justice remains elusive, leaving a deep, gaping wound not only in the psyche of the loved ones left behind by the 58 victims but also in a democracy that supposedly values a free and functioning press.

The injustice to the 58 lives lost only reflects the continuing impunity against the press and the continued killings of media members since.

Journalists paint a mural on November 23, 2019, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Journalists paint a mural on November 23, 2019, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Participants finish the mural on the Ampatuan Massacre on November 23, 2019. The mural points to details of the gruesome killings that happened 10 years ago. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Student journalists and friends join the commemoration of the Amaptuan Massacre on November 23, 2019. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Participants finish the mural on the Ampatuan Massacre on November 23, 2019. The finished mural will be on display at Mehan Garden in Manila until the decision in the trial on the Ampatuan Massacre is expected next month. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Journalists march on November 23, 2019, toward Mendiola to air their grievance over the 10-year wait for the decision on the Ampatuan Massacre. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Journalists march on November 23, 2019, toward Mendiola to air their grievance over the 10-year wait for the decision on the Ampatuan Massacre. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Pictures of the 58 victims of the Ampatuan Massacre are hung on Mendiola Bridge on the 10th anniversary of the massacre on November 23, 2019. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Pictures of the 58 victims of the Ampatuan Massacre are hung on Mendiola Bridge on the 10th anniversary of the massacre on November 23, 2019. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Pictures of the 58 victims of the Ampatuan Massacre are hung on Mendiola Bridge on the 10th anniversary of the massacre on November 23, 2019. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Pictures of the 58 victims of the Ampatuan Massacre are hung on Mendiola Bridge on the 10th anniversary of the massacre on November 23, 2019. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines chairman Nonoy Espina laments on November 23, 2019 the 10-year wait for the decision over the Ampatuan Massacre case. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Demonstrators continue to cry for justice 10 years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars and massacred 58 people, including dozens of journalists in Maguindanao. Aaron Favila, AP

Journalists burn images of the primary suspects in the Ampatuan Massacre as they commemorate the 10th anniversary of the single deadliest attack on journalists anywhere in the world in a protest on Mendiola Bridge on Saturday. Maria Tan, ABS-CBN News

Journalists burn images of the primary suspects in the Ampatuan Massacre as they commemorate the 10th anniversary of the single deadliest attack on journalists anywhere in the world in a protest on Mendiola Bridge on Saturday. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News