Massacre victims’ kin still hope for justice

November 28, 2018

MAGUINDANAO Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu and the entire family are still hopeful that justice will prevail on their side as they expect the suspects in the bloody Maguindanao massacre will be convicted in the remaining years of President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Duterte once said he wants the verdict to be released this year and those facing charges will be sentenced so that victims will be given justice.

Still in pain after nine years, Rep. Mangudadatu of the second district of Maguindanao, led the family in remembering their loved ones who were brutally killed by the armed group led by the prime suspect former Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr.

“Naniniwala po ako na sa tulong ng ating Pangulong Duterte ay mananaig ang nararapat na hustisya sa ating bansa,” said Mangudadatu.

The November 23, 2009 carnage that took place in Barangay Salman in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao, has slaughtered 58 people, including members of the media who were assigned to cover the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy of Governor Ismael Mangudadatu.

Gov. Mangudadatu’s wife Genalyn suffered the most painful death in what was considered as the deadliest election-related violence.

Rep. Mangudadatu, brother of Gov. Mangudadatu, said the family and relatives of other victims, with continuous prayers, still believes in the justice system in the country.

“Ang muling paggunita sa aking pamilya at mga mamamahayag na biktima ng karumal-dumal na Maguindanao massacre noong Nobyembre 23, 2009. Isang alaala na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin matuldukan ang kaso laban sa mga suspek sa nangyaring pagpatay,” said Rep. Mangudadatu.

“Samahan nyo po kaming ipagdasal at lumaban upang matuldukan ang hinaing ng mga iba pang pamilya na biktima ng Maguindanao massacre,” he added.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker who is pushing for peace and order in the entire country, is urging the government to crackdown private armies and group engaged in violence and terrorism in Mindanao.

He said this bloody Maguindanao massacre, should be an eye opener to the government to stop abusive and corrupt politicians.

Just recently, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar and PCOO Undersecretary Joel Egco of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS)  told Mangudadatu family and other victims about the possibility of promulgation of the case by January or February next year.