Supreme Court doing everything to speed up Maguindanao massacre trials
Chief Justice Sereno admits justice has been slow
It’s been five years since the single deadliest event for journalists in history happened and there has been exactly zero convictions. On Sunday (November 23), GMA News reported that the Supreme Court is doing everything it can to "fast-track" the proceedings for the Maguindanao massacre.
A total of 58 people were killed and 200 people have been tagged as suspects in the case. According to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the large amount of victims and suspects has greatly slowed the process. However, she assured the public during a speech at the Journalism Asia Forum of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility that she personally wants to see the case resolved.
Over 100 suspects are currently detained in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. A separate report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer stated that 700 protesters marched from Las Piñas to Baclaran in Parañaque to show contempt for the crime and the slow crawl of justice. Several groups will also hold a protest in Mendiola on Monday (November 24).