November 26, 2012–Exactly three years after the Maguindanao Massacre, LGU-Tacurong gathered to offer prayers and light candles in honor of the victims of the most gruesome election-related violence in the country and worst single-attack against members of the media’.
            Everyone agreed that justice has not yet been served to the families of the 58 individuals murdered in Salman Hill in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao. Media practitioners from Tacurong were among the 32 slain journalists. Among the civilian victims were LGU-Tacurong employees namely Eduardo Lechonsito and his wife Cecille, Mercy Palabrica, Wilhelm Palabrica, and driver Daryl delos Reyes who were mistakenly identified as part of the convoy. Employees wore black to remember their former colleagues. 
            Candles surrounded the city hall fountain as employees uttered prayers for the families of the victims. “Justice is of God. We also pray for the families to be better despite the absence of their loved ones. We will continue to advocate for peace and progress in Mindanao,” Mayor Lina O. Montilla said.
            According to a Philippine Star report, policemen had recently arrested the alleged operator of the backhoe used in digging the common graves for the 58 victims in Midsayap, North Cotabato.

 Jezereel Louise C. Billano