One of the points he made was:
In March 2010, the Esperat case will be five years old, and it is still being prosecuted. Certainly, due process must be respected. But, while the two men accused of being the men behind the killing are administrators in a provincial ministry certainly have the political connections and the resources to use the law to their benefit, those connections are not as strong as those of the Ampatuan clan, which controls the governorship of Maguindanao and was a provincial political ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Already there are reports of evidence being mishandled and destroyed, some simply stolen. The case’s special prosecutor has been reported as saying he has enough material evidence to continue, but it remains entirely conceivable that while a few of the shooters might wind up being punished for what is the largest killing of a group of journalists in CPJ’s recorded history, it seems possible that none of the powerful and wealthy people behind them will ever be punished, even though Andal Ampatuan Jr. is still being held—the only arrest made so far in the case. He is He belongs to the powerful Ampatuan political clan as the son of Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr., and brother of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan.
When the international investigation team met with Presidential
Press Secretary Cerge Remonde on Wednesday in
It is wrong to believe that just because the Maguindanao killings have been so widely reported, that either the provincial or central government in this case will be able to muster the political will and the prosecutorial energy to not only bring the men who pulled the triggers to justice, but also the powerful figures who ordered them to do so.
The brutal murder of Marlene Garcia-Esperat, which gained
global notoriety, has almost faded from the memory of most people—even in the