August 21, 2012 Leave a comment
By Red Batario
Decrying the slow pace of the trial of the Maguindanao massacre case, over a hundred journalists, media workers, students, and activists gathered for an overnight vigil Sunday, 19 August to commemorate the 1,000th day of the gruesome killing that left 57 people dead, including 32 journalists.
They also lambasted the government for its failure to stop the continuing killing of journalists and media workers saying the culture of impunity prevailing in the country has yet to be addressed.
An official of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), one of the organizers, said that the Aquino administration is not doing much to stop the killings, adding that in the case of the Maguindanao massacre, some families of the victims were being bribed to drop charges against the suspects.