Bishops decry ‘slow justice’ for Maguindanao massacre victims

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Supporters, loved ones and other members of the media remember the victims of the Ampatuan massacre on the 5th anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre, Nov. 23, 2014. (Photo: NUJP)

MANILA, Nov. 23, 2015— Catholics bishops from Mindanao decried the slow pace of Maguindanao massacre case that left 58 people dead, including 32 journalists, six years ago.

Bishops Martin Jumoad of Isabela and Dinualdo Gutierrez of Marbel said a lot needs to be done to eliminate delays in the justice delivery system.

“The wheels of justice [are] very slow,” Bishop Jumoad lamented.

According to Gutierrez, the “inefficient” justice system and the government’s lack of political continue to let suspected massacre masterminds and other criminals off the hook.

It has been six years but the Basilan prelate called on the faithful not to get tired of seeking for justice for the victims in what is touted as the worst recorded attack on journalists the world has known.

“Let us continue our advocacy for justice and peace so that justice will prevail. Let’s not be discouraged,” stressed Jumoad.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines also lamented how the government is not making progress in securing convictions for the killings.

“Six years after Ampatuan, six years of continued impunity, six years of unfulfilled promises and broken dreams,” it said. (CBCP News)

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