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Palace hopes court speeds up Maguindanao massacre case trial

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Malacanang hopes that the Maguindanao massacre trial could move faster to eventually put closure to the case considered as the “trial of the century.”
In a regular press briefing at the Palace on Friday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Malacanang is equally frustrated as the Filipino public with the snail-paced Maguindanao massacre case trial.

“We are just frustrated with the pace of the Maguindanao massacre case. As a result of the pace na medyo may kabagalan kami po ang napagbubuntunan. In fact in the last survey last March masama po ang rating ng executive branch dahil akala po ng taumbayan kami po ang may hawak ng kaso,” Lacierda said.

Lacierda said the Palace hopes for the trial to move a bit faster without sacrificing due process so that it would be appreciated not only by other branches of government but also by the Filipino people as a whole.

“Right now live na po ang media coverage sa Ampatuan massacre case kaya sana tumakbo nang mas mabilis yung kaso,” he said.

President Benigno S. Aquino III has recently assured the families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre that he will do everything in his power to give them justice following a meeting with them in Malacanang.

In another press conference at the Palace recently, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said her department is exercising extra caution in handling statements made by suspended ARMM governor Zaldy Ampatuan who disclosed new information about election cheating in the region in 2004 and 2007.

De Lima said the government cannot sacrifice the massacre trial for anything, as it may well serve as the litmus test for the Philippine justice system.

The President himself said that if the government fails in this case then the entire justice system of this country also fails, she said, adding that the President wants the trial finished within his term.

At least 57 people, including 32 journalists, were killed in November 2009 in Maguindanao in the run up to the 2010 elections.

The Ampatuans, close allies of then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo were tagged as the main suspects. The trial has been ongoing although some of the main suspects have yet to be arraigned while there are other suspects who remain at large.




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