Malacanang reaffirms position to speed up trial of Maguindanao massacre

June 7, 2012 9:48 pm 

MANILA, June 7 — Malacanang reaffirmed its position to speed up the trial of the Maguindanao massacre case which took place in 2009, killing over 50 people, as it underscored the importance of observing due process in efforts to render justice to the victims through the course of the judicial process.

In answering the queries during a regular press conference in Malacanang on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the trial depends on the judge handling the case and all the administration could do is to call to hasten the process and immediately serve justice where it is due.

“Yung situation po sa Maguindanao massacre… the proceeding is largely dependent on how the judge conducts the trial, we have always maintained that we would like to expedite the proceedings but we can only go so much and request the judge to expedite the proceedings,” Lacierda said.

Lacierda also noted that the expeditious resolution of the case could show to the world the country’s seriousness in serving justice to the victims such as in the Maguindanao massacre.

“If the judiciary would be able to consider all these things and expedite for instance a hearing before the Court of Appeals so that all the respondents can be arraigned, it would be better and it would show to the world that the Philippine judiciary is serious about rendering justice to the victims in the Maguindanao massacre,” Lacierda said.

It will be recalled that on November 23, 2009, 58 people were killed in a carnage dubbed as Maguindanao massacre, also known as Ampatuan massacre after the town in Mindanao where the mass graves were discovered.

The victims were part of the convoy going to the local office of the Commission on Elections to file a certificate of candidacy for Esmael Mangudadatu, then vice mayor of the Buluan town.

Those who were killed include journalists covering the event, lawyers, Mangudadatu’s wife and sisters, aides and motorists who were just passing by the area. (PNA)

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