A year after the massacre in Maguindanao province, a faltering Philippine legal system struggles to bring justice. From the murder scene in Ampatuan to the presidential palace in Manila, a CPJ delegation travels the country to examine the shocking attack and the many obstacles to winning convictions. Family members, justice officials, and political leaders talk about the challenges in this video, which premiered at the 2010 CPJ International Press Freedom Awards.
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A radio commentator from Kalinga, a province in Northern Philippines, was shot dead at his home last Saturday, just five days into the administration of Pnoy (a folksy name being used to refer to President Benigno “Noynoy” C. Aquino III).
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(New York) – The Philippine National Bureau of Investigation should immediately investigate the latest killing of a witness to the November 2009 massacre of at least 58 people in Maguindanao province, Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the government to act swiftly to protect witnesses and their families.
An unidentified gunman shot and killed Suwaib Upham, a witness to the Maguindanao killings known publicly as “Jesse,” shortly after 8 p.m. June 14, 2010, in Parang municipality, Maguindanao. He had agreed to testify against members of the powerful Ampatuan family, who were accused in the killings, if afforded witness protection. Three months before he was killed, Human Rights Watch had raised protection issues regarding Upham with Justice Department officials in Manila, yet the department was still considering his request for protection at the time of his killing.
NYTimes.com – Rights Group Says Massacre Witness in Philippines Slain
Inquirer.net – Rights group hits DoJ on massacre witness’ death
Aljazeera.net – Philippines massacre witness killed
MANILA — Less than a week after the successive killings of two radio broadcasters, a reporter for a newspaper in the southern Philippines was shot dead on Saturday evening, officials and colleagues said on Sunday.
Nestor Bedolido, a reporter for the weekly tabloid The Kastigador in Digos City, was buying cigarettes from a roadside vendor when a gunman approached and shot him six times.
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- Allvoices.com – Outrage sparked anew over killing of another RP media
- Gulfnews.com – Third journalist killed in a week in Philippines
New York, June 16, 2010—Philippine radio commentator Joselito Agustin was fatally shot by two motorcycle riding assailants while heading home from work late Tuesday evening near Baccara town in the northern Philippines, according to local and international news reports. The murder occurred just one day after the murder of radio journalist Desidario Camangyan in southern Mindanao.
Agustin died from four gunshot wounds on early Wednesday morning at a local hospital, the news reports said. Agustin, 37, a broadcaster with the DZJC Aksyon Radyo-Laoag station, was known for his scathing on-air commentaries against official corruption and other illegal activities, according to news reports. His nephew, who was riding pillion on Agustin’s motorcycle when he was shot, survived a gunshot wound to his leg, according to the reports.
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President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who will assume the presidency on June 30, should “hit the ground running” when it comes to solving the spate of media killings in the country, a media watchdog said on Wednesday.
“Nothing makes a stronger case for our contention that there can be no honeymoon on justice for President-elect Noynoy Aquino. [He] has to hit the ground running not just on media killings but on extrajudicial murders in general,” the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said in a statement.
“Unless it becomes clear that justice can be expected under his watch, we can kiss all his promises goodbye,” the group added.
NUJP issued the statement following the killing of broadcasters Desidario Camangyan and Joselito Agustin in Davao Oriental and Ilocos Norte, respectively.
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iReport – Protests can be riotous and lethal like the one occurring in Thailand. However there is a different kind of protest that recently took place in the Philippines. This protest condemns human rights violations and media-killings through a concert called Protest Broadcast 3. This was supported by an estimate of 20,000 individuals both of prominent personalities and ordinary citizens.
Protest Broadcast 3 served as a vehicle to cry justice for some 34 media workers who were killed in Maguindanao Massacre, south of the country. There are other 25 citizens who were killed in that massacre that happened in November 2009 that caught the world gaping.
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