JOURNALISTS and media practitioners are urging colleagues to continue to seek for truth and vigilance as they commemorate the 7th year of the Maguindanao massacre today, Nov. 23.
The Zamboanga Press Club, Inc. gathered in a mass to remember those who suffered in the brutal massacre of 58 people including 32 journalists and media workers in Salman, Ampatuan town Maguindanao province on Nov. 23, 2009.
In a statement, the group urged its members to continue the call for justice for the victims of the Maguindanao massacre.
It urged colleagues to remain vigilant on the case “to ensure the wheels of the laws grind and will have its closure of the case.”
“The cry for justice remains deepening exactly seven years as we commemorate the death of the 58 victims, including 32 journalists and media workers, killed in a single deadliest attack in Maguindanao on November 23, 2009,” the ZPCI said.
“Seven years after the awful details of what happened during that day have been established. Yet, the wheels of justice continued to grind but slowly as justice has yet to be rendered for the victims,” the ZPCI added.
The ZPCI noted there has been no conviction although the previous administration promised swift action over the incident.
“Let the truthful and fair reportage be the stance of the members of the fourth estate and its shield in the course of seeking justice,” the association said.
The statement was read by Jayvee Francisco, the president of ZCPI.
Fr. Ellery Galvez, who officiated the mass, urged media to continue their role in society as messengers and purveyors of truth.
Galvez said the 2009 Maguindanao massacre should not hinder the members of the media in reporting “in what is good and bad in the society.”
“Let us bring goodness out of evil, let us bring truth out of falsehood, let us bring love out of hatred and let us bring life out of death,” Galvez said citing “there is always an opposition in what we do especially in doing what is good and what is right.”
The commemorative mass celebrated by Galvez, the administrator of the Fort Pilar Shrine, was held at the ZCPI office and was attended by the members of the local media coming from the television, radio and print. (Sunnex)