Tribute to the victims of the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre

Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu led the commemoration of the 8th year of the Maguindanao Massacre in an event held in Buluan, Maguindanao, Thursday.

Governor Mangudadatu’s wife, siblings and supporters were among the scores killed in the town of Ampatuan, Maguindanao on November 23, 2009.

“Until now, we are awaiting the elusive justice. Our children are growing up, our parents are passing away, as we wait for it. Some are already losing hope, but I told them do not lose hope. We must fight for this because we know that we are on the right track. And we know that we were the ones oppressed. Let us show the world that we can attain justice,” Mangudadatu said.

Governor Mangudadato adds the case had a slow pace over the past years despite solid evidence presented against the accused because of what he believes as delaying tactics.

However, he has high hopes that through the present administration, they can attain their long-sought-after justice.

“We believe the administration will not say what it will not do. We are just waiting for the trial to speed up for us to attain justice,”Mangudadatu said.

Mangudadato vows that although his term is about to end, he will keep on fighting until justice is obtained.

“As long as I live, I will continue fighting. I will seek what must be attained for the sake of my siblings, my wife and my friends in the media,” Mangudadatu said. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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