Journalists, media groups to commemorate 40th month since Maguindanao Massacre

Journalists and media groups will gather tonight (Mar. 23), 6:00 pm, at the Boy Scout Rotunda in Quezon City to mark the 40th month since the Maguindanao Massacre.

Groups led by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), as well as journalists from different media outfits, will light candles and render performances to commemorate the 32 fallen colleagues who died in the brutal murder.

Updates on the case will also be given.

On Nov. 23, 2009, police and militiamen supposedly led by Andal Ampatuan Jr. waylaid a convoy that was supposed to file the candidacy of incumbent Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu. The ambush led to the death of 58 people, and has since been known as the worst case of election-related violence in recent years. The massacre has also been known as the single most brazen attack against journalists and media workers.

Of the 196 suspects, 103 have been arrested and 81 have been arraigned. Two of the suspects have died, one in an apparent suicide and another, in a recent gunfight with police authorities. So far, none of the masterminds and other suspects have been convicted.

NUJP invites everyone to go to the Boy Scout Rotunda in Timog Ave, Quezon City, for the program, or to light candles in memory of the victims.

For reference
Alwyn Alburo
Vice Chair
0918 921 3712

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