Mangudadatu sees resolution of Maguindanao massacre before 2016

April 13, 2013 1:57 am 

BULUAN, Maguindanao, April 12 – Re-electionist Gov. Ismael ‘Toto’ Mangudadatu on Friday said the Maguindanao massacre that claimed 58 people, including 37 media members, in 2009, will be resolved before the term of President Benigno Aquino III ends in 2016.

”I have discussed it with the President that it should be resolved before his term ends,” Mangudadatu said in an interview with Manila-based reporters before the start of the Team PNoy campaign rally here.

Mangudadatu said he has strong faith with their witnesses who are very helpful in achieving justice for the victims, including his wife Genalyn and two sisters.

“I have strong faith because even the defense has yet to present their witnesses,” he said.

In separate media interviews, Team PNoy senatorial candidates Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino and Sonny Angara agreed with Mangudadatu that the Maguindanao massacre should be resolved as soon as possible.

”I, myself, believe that it should be resolved immediately. There is a need for more reform in our justice system,” Aquino said.

Hontiveros agreed, saying “it remains a prominent challenge for judicial reforms, law enforcement and destroying the culture of impunity.

”It will be unacceptable for the Ampatuan massacre to remain unresolved under the Aquino administration,” Hontiveros said.

She said that if it will not be resolved, “it would be a disappointment on the part of his (the President) legacy.”

”He has been pushing for justice in high profile cases such as Jonas Burgos. There is no reason for him not to do the same on the Maguindanao massacre,” Hontiveros said.

Angara, for his part, called for more efforts to reform the justice system in the country “to serve justice with dispatch.”

The massacre took place on November 2009 while the group of journalists was on their way to cover the filing of certificate of candidacy for Mangudadatu, who was then the vice mayor of Buluan town.

The mediamen were part of the convoy that include Mangudadatu’s wife, two sisters, lawyers and aides.

Mangudadatu was then challenging Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr., son of then Maguindanao Gov Andal Ampatuan, Sr., in the 2010 elections. (PNA)

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