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Tell it to SunStar: Ampatuan Massacre

THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has launched its digital campaign commemorating the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Nov. 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre, which claimed the lives of 58 persons, 32 of them media workers.

In observance of the 116th month since the violent carnage, NUJP on July 23 launched the “Ampatuan Massacre 10 Years” campaign with its members changing profile photos on social media using a GIF of a blinking eye, which represents that someone is watching over the issue.

The group also released today, July 25, a one-minute video urging the public to support the victims’ families’ quest for justice, as they patiently wait for Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221’s verdict on the case.

Almost a decade after the worst incident of electoral violence in recent Philippine history and the single deadliest attack on the press ever, not a single suspect has yet been convicted.

The slow wheels of justice “is an indictment of the culture of impunity and our damaged justice system that, after so long, the victims’ kin continue to cry for ‘Justice Now, Convict Ampatuan.’”


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