None of those charged and suspect has been convicted. Maguindanao Massacre is not just about justice pursuit but also a challenge to the judicial system in our country.
Politics which is pointed out as the primary root of this tragedy is a culture in the country. The Philippines politics is next to hell at its finest. Local politicians from all the branches of the Philippine Government are being accused of corruption, anomaly and all forms of illegal act that benefits their own pocket making them richer than the people they supposed to serve.
In a report from Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) in 2004, Muslim Mindanao votes were indeed crucial to Arroyo’s winning margin as the region accounted for close to 300,000 of the lead. In fact, 17 percent of Arroyo’s total votes obtained in Mindanao came from ARMM. In seven towns ruled by the pro-Arroyo Ampatuan clan, Arroyo won over Poe by an incredible vote ratio of 82,411 to 142 (or 99.83 percent to 0.17 percent). In two towns, Arroyo garnered all the votes, with Poe getting zero.
When the Maguindanao Massacre news burst globally, Arroyo administration declared Martial Law in the province of Maguindanao to arrest without warrant the members of the Ampatuan clans linked to the tremendous massacre.
Earlier this year, through her Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima , she declared that the persecution of the case would be finish in the term of Aquino, in 2016.
While the whole world is waiting for the decision of the so called trial of the century, on Noynoy’s 40 months in office according to PCIJ, from July 2010 to October 2013, at least 23 journalists were killed, among them 16 radio broadcasters and seven print journalists.
New administration, same problem and same government system, the only difference is the people who are sitting in their respective offices. The Maguindanao Massacre that happened during the Arroyo’s administration must be inherited by the current administration in terms of finding justice as fast as possible, on his campaign slogan he urged the “daan na matuwid”, the country is going there as our economic is steady and growing up, but the problems and concerns during the past administration must be exempted from any political issue, and one of it is the absolute justice for the victims of the 11:23 massacre.
Maguindanao massacre happened because of politics, our dirty system of politics wherein, those who are sitting on city halls and capitol don’t want to descend from their positions because of their greediness to power and money.
The families of the victims are now demanding compensation from the government, Naomi Parcon of the widow said, “We believe that the government should pay us the compensation because the rights of our loved ones had been violated,”
Parcon also said their proposal for livelihood programs had been ignored by President Aquino.