The Maguindanao Massacre, also known as the Ampatuan Massacre, happened on November 23, 2009, in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao province, on the island of Mindanao, Philippines. At least 57 journalists are known to have died in the massacre.
Two days before the incident, the mass grave was prepared using a backhoe emblazoned with the name of the Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and apparently owned by the Ampatuan family. The killings were horrible! 2 of the 57 victims were both pregnant at the time of their murders.
|Andal Ampatuan, Jr.|
|Andal Ampatuan, Jr., hit in the face by an angry photographer|
It's been a year. Up to this time, only one person was arraigned, Andal Ampatuan Jr., while the relatives of the victims are still grieving their loss. The long arm of the law indeed finally moved, but it is moving in slow motion that it seems no one can do anything about it.
President Noynoy Aquino, declared the November 23 as a National Day of Remembrance. The Maguindanao Massacre marks one of the darkest hours of Philippine politics. Although, justice is delayed, most Filipinos still hope that even the wheels of justice are slow, when they grind, they would grind finely.