Senators confident justice for Maguindanao massacre victims will be served

MANILA — Senators during the 7th commemoration of the Maguindanao massacre on Wednesday expressed confidence that justice will be served for the victims and that the accused Ampatuan clan members will be convicted.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said that although the previous administration has failed to resolve the case, he is certain that the current administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte would act more swiftly.

“…The Duterte government is set to go after those who violated our people’s freedom and continue to evade the law, as well as to end the culture of impunity in the country,” Cayetano, a staunch ally of President Duterte, said.

Cayetano cited the efforts of President Duterte to sign an Administrative Order (AO) creating the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, commissioned to investigate unsolved cases of media killings in the country.

He also said that the President also signed Executive Order (EO) No. 2, implementing the Freedom of Information (FOI) in the Executive branch to uphold transparency and accountability in government.

“The administration’s ongoing efforts for the promotion of transparency, coupled with its sincere commitment to protecting the safety of its citizens, give us hope that more genuine reforms are underway,” Cayetano said.

Senator Leila de Lima, like Cayetano, remains hopeful that the guilt of the accused Amapatuans will eventually be proven.

She cited her solidarity on the incident which began when she was then Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair where she personally visited Maguindanao to assess the crime scene.

Moreover, she also brought this responsibility along when she became Justice Secretary and provided the department with the best prosecution team in charge of proving the Amapatuans guilty before a court of law.

The neophyte senator, meanwhile, offered prayers and sympathies to the victims’ families anew. Azer Parrocha/PNA