But today Agra said the Justice Department’s investigations had turned up new evidence to reinstate the charges against the two men. The BBC and other local and foreign media outlets had quoted Agar as saying, “I am now convinced that there is probable cause,” at a press conference.
CPJ wasn’t alone in responding negatively to Agra’s April 19 decision, and we feared the move was a further indicator of just how precarious the case against the alleged perpetrators is. What we said in that blog entry is still true:
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 Philippines now has the third-worst record in the world of bringing the killers of journalists to justice, behind only Iraq and Somalia, according to CPJ’s 2010 Global Impunity Index. In 2009,