Bicol journalists and human rights activists mark the International Day to End Impunity
with call for justice to victims of the Maguindanao massacre and extra-judicial killings
November 23, 2011
|Photos courtesy of KARAPATAN - Bikol and NUJP-Sorsogon|
NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES
End Impunity: A Call for Justice
It has been two years since the killing of 58 individuals shocked not only the whole country but the whole world as well. Thirty-two of them were media workers. They were the victims of the now infamous Maguindanao Massacre. It was the biggest single incident of media killings ever recorded in the annals of human history. The incident catapulted the Philippines to the top as the most dangerous place for journalists. The eyes of the whole world are upon us.
Everyone is crying for justice.
But as things would turn out, the victims not only fail to get justice, their number continues to rise as media and extra-judicial killings continue without let-up.
The carnage continues with impunity!
The government has, time and again, failed to decisively act on these cases as it continues to render mere lip service to the families of the victims and the community as well.
We will no longer appeal to this government to take decisive action on these killings for we have repeatedly done so but still the killings continued.
Instead, now, we demand that this government do its obligation of securing its citizens against all kinds of injustices and to mobilize all its resources and agencies to put behind bars all those involved in the Maguindanao Massacre and all other media and extra-judicial killings in the country!
We demand for the swift, impartial and fair prosecution of the suspects in these killings and impose the most severe penalties not only to the triggermen but to those who were behind them as well!
We demand that this government ensure that sanctions are meted out to government officials and personnel who allow themselves to be used to frustrate the ends of justice!
And to the entire Filipino nation, we urge everyone to take an active role in demanding for justice from the government. It is within our rights, and even our obligation, to keep the government on its toes in ensuring peace, justice and security for all of us.
Should we still wait that one of our loved ones be the next victim before we take an active role?
JUTICE FOR MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE VICTIMS!
JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF MEDIA KILLINGS!
JUSTICE FOR ALL VICTIMS OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS!
END IMPUNITY NOW!
|Msgr. Arturo M. Bastes, DD, SVD - Bishop Diocese of Sorsogon|
|Bobby Labalan, NUJP chairman- sorsogon chapter|
Rey Hababag- SIMRI
Speakers at the
commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity
|Red Lasay, President Sorsogon Press Club|
Msgr Rene Mabute, Vicar General - Diocese of Sorsogon
Grace Pascual, KBP Sorsogon
|Vince Casilihan, KARAPATAN - Bikol||Abulaine Damiano-Sorsogon Muslim Community|
|Media from print and broadcast|
|students from Sorsogon National High School|
Our Lady of Penafrancia major seminary, seminarians
Sorsogon Chapter holds indignation torch parade, a call to end impunity
Carrying banners with an inscription
that states “ Duguan and “matuwid na daan”Katarungan para sa lahat na
biktima ng pamamaslang” members of the media, non-governmental
organizations, students, civil society and the organization of the Muslim
community here joined the indignation torch parade yesterday to make
people aware that the swift hand of justice should be imposed to end such
Hundreds joined the torch parade that
started at 6:00 PM at the Sorsogon Provincial Capitol Freedom Park were
various speakers made their statement of support.
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) also joined the activity with their firm stand to also call on government to intervene in the solving of the extra judicial killings here in the province committed that up to this time according to him are just gathering dust and seems to be mere compilations of merciless events.
sinong nagsabi na kami'y duwag