Robredo, Mangudadatu to visit Maguindanao massacre site on Wednesday

November 22, 2011 10:47 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 22 – Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo will visit the massacre site in Ampatuan, Maguindanao on Wednesday, the second anniversary of the mass murder of 58 people, including 33 journalists, that shocked the world on Nov. 23, 2009.

The DILG chief said he will be in the area on invitation of Maguindanao Governor Ismael Mangudadatu, the former Buluan town vice mayor who lost his wife, several female relatives and two female lawyers in the massacre allegedly perpetrated by the Ampatuan clan led by former Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his son Andal Jr.

The grisly crime took place while a vehicular convoy led by Mangudadatu's wife was on its way to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in the province to file his certificate of candidacy as Maguindanao governor.

Mangudadatu subsequently won in the May 10, 2010 polls.

Robredo said he intends to meet with the families of the slain journalists and other massacre victims, including members of the various civic and media organizations, and give them updates about the case and the government’s plan to expedite the prosecution of the suspects.

During the massacre site visit, Mangudadatu will lead the commemoration with the lighting of candles and offering of prayers for his fallen relatives and the slain journalists. (PNA) scs/JCA

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