Groups to commemorate third anniversary of Maguindanao Massacre

IN time of the third anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre tomorrow, various groups gear-up for day-long activities in Manila to commemorate the worst case of media killings in the country.

It can be recalled that on November 23, 2009, 58 people were killed in Shariff Aguak in Maguindanao including 32 journalists.

They also presented to the media the construction of an 11-feet ‘Impunity Monster’ effigy at the National Press Club (NPC) Ground today. Journalists said that they are planning to burn the said effigy at the Don Chino Roces Bridge in Mendiola tomorrow.

‘The burning of the Impunity Monster effigy will symbolize the Filipino people’s desire to put an end to the culture of impunity in the country. It further depicts the long-drawn demand of the relatives of the Maguindanao Massacre victims for justice and for the culprits of the said mass murder to pay the price of the crime they had committed,’ says Crisanto de Leon, chairman of the UGATLahi Artists Collective, a group of visual artists who are mounting the effigy.

De Leon added, ‘We call on the attention of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to once and for all be true to his words that he will bring speedy justice for the victims of Maguindanao Massacre.’

Walk for hope 2013

Starting the day-long activity tomorrow, 10:00 in the morning will be a Mass and Walk for Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Election 2013 (HOPE 2013) at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila going to the Head Office of the Commission on Elections.

Lead organizations of the said event were Akap Bata Party-List, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth, Akap sa Bata Philippines and Burgos Media Center.

The activity will be held in time of the anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre which is also said to be the worst case of election-related violence ever reported in our history as a nation.

Akap Bata Party-List said that similar case of Maguindanao Massacre should not take place again especially that we are once again facing another election season in May 2013.

Students, local and national political aspirants, church leaders and various personalities are expected to attend the said activity. Aside from the mass and walk, highlight of the said event includes candle lighting activity and covenant signing for HOPE 2013 in front of the Comelec Office.

Protests

Meanwhile, starting 1:30 in the afternoon tomorrow, various groups including the National Press Club (NPC), Burgos Media Center, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-National Capital Region (BAYAN-NCR), Burgos Media Center and other media organizations will convene at the NPC Ground for a march-protest to air their discontent over the slow progress of the Maguindanao Massacre case.

Before marching, journalists will light candles at the NPC commemorative marker for the slain journalists during the Maguindanao Massacre. After the candle lighting, the groups will march going to the Supreme Court for a short program condemning the recent SC ruling that prohibits live media coverage of Maguindanao Massacre trials.

After the program, they will proceed to the Don Chino Roces Bridge in Mendiola where they are set to burn their giant effigy.

Members of the NPC will also bring some 32 coffins in their march to symbolize their continuing quest for justice for their 32 slain colleagues during the Maguindanao Massacre.

The NPC will culminate the day tomorrow with a film screening of a Joel Lamangan film ‘Deadline’ at the SM Manila Cinema 6 starting 6:00 in the evening. ‘Deadline’ is a film about media killings starring Allen Dizon, Lovi Poe, TJ Trinidad among others.

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