House, journalists remember Maguindanao massacre

MANILA -- While families of the Maguindanao massacre victims still cry for justice, a House leader on Monday joined the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in the 18-month commemoration of the gruesome election-related violence through a photo exhibit at the House of Representatives.

The Maguindanao massacre, also referred to as the Ampatuan massacre, claimed the lives of 58 people, which included journalists, in November 2009.

In a statement, House Deputy Speaker Erin Taňada said that while the trial is still dragging on, journalists are continued to be killed in the line of duty.

Ed Lingao of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism said the photo exhibit is but proper to be hosted by the House of Representatives to send a message to the duly-elected representatives of the people.

"This is a challenge to show us that you deserve our votes. I hope this will echo throughout Maguidanao, as 18 members of the Ampatuan clan were elected in the 2010 elections,” Lingao said. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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