Nearly four years after Filipino massacre, victims still seek justice

Jul 25, 2013

Philippine National Police look at the mangled remains of a van  that was unearthed at the Maguindanao Massacre site in the southern Philippines.
Philippine National Police look at the mangled remains of a van that was unearthed at the Maguindanao Massacre site in the southern Philippines.
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Next week in the southern Philippines, prosecutors will try to take another small step forward in the quest to put suspects in the Maguindanao Massacre on trial.

Nearly four years ago, 58 people were killed along a remote stretch of highway in Maguindanao, one of the country’s poorest provinces. The perpetrators of the crime are believed to be loyalists of the former provincial governor, Andal Ampatuan. For years, he's alleged to have used a private army to control politics in the region.

The target of the attack was a rival politician who was planning to run against Ampatuan's son. The Maguindanao Massacre is regarded as the worst single-day election-related violence in Philippine history. In total, 32 journalists were murdered, making it one of the deadliest days for journalists in recent history.

To learn more, Global Journalist spoke to two experts that have been pressing for justice in the Maguindanao Massacre. 

Panelists:

Ed Lingao, multimedia director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Luis Teodoro, deputy director, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility