(November 24, 2011) The Local Government Unit of Tacurong joined the whole country in commemorating the second anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre with a meaningful ceremony on November 23.
LGU Tacurong employees convened in front of the city hall with their candles, hopes, and prayers to finally deliver justice to the victims of the bloodbath in Ampatuan, Maguindanao.
The ceremony was headed by the Human Resources Management Office. A prayer was dedicated by Mr. Danilo Lorizo and the Talakudong choir offered a song of comfort not only for the souls of the victims but for their families and loved ones who continue to grieve from the barbarous mutilation.
The horrifying slaughter on November 23, 2009, left 57 people dead, including unarmed women, journalists, and lawyers along with members of the Mangudadatu clan, in Ampatuan town while on their way to file the candidacy papers of Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, who was then Buluan vice mayor.
Among the victims was a resident of Tacurong City in the person of Reynaldo Bebot Momay, 60, photojournalist of Midland review, who has not been found until now.
Other victims included were LGU Tacurong employees namely Eduardo Lechonsito (and his wife Cecille), Mercy Palabrica, Daryll delos Reyes and Wilhelm Palabrica who, on their way to Cotabato City, just accidentally joined the convoy of Mangudadatu’s group when the incident happened.
This dastardly act makes words meaningless to convey the outrage felt by the whole country. Adding to the horror is the fact that two years after the massacre occurred, more than half of the nearly 200 suspects still remain at large.
However, the primary suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr., is currently being tried by a Quezon City court for multiple murder charges on the subject of the massacre.
On Wednesday, two party-list lawmakers filed a measure which urges the government to declare November 23 of each year as “National Consciousness Day to End Impunity” to commemorate the Ampatuan massacre.
Under the proposed House Bill 5529, the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) is ordered to lead certain programs to commemorate the Maguindanao Massacre. They are also tasked to create programs directed towards educating the people about human rights issues and the need to uphold these rights on November 23 of each year. (Jessa Billano)