[In the Web] Senate declares November 23 as National Day to End Impunity


November 23 is a day of action on the unsolved murders of journalists, and to raise awareness to end impunity. Photo from http://www.i-m-s.dk/

Written by Cocoy*

The Philippine Senate passed resolution 642 declaring every 23rd of November as a National Day to End Impunity.

November 23 is the anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre that saw 58 people being killed. The resolution recognizes that two years since the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre where 58 lives, including that of 32 media workers, were lost in what was the worst single instance of electoral violence in the country’s recent history and the deadliest single attack on the press ever and the worst manifestation of the plague of extrajudicial killings, has claimed the lives of hundreds of people – media workers, judges, lawyers, religious activists – whose only involvement was to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to free expression.

The resolution also recognizes the failure to solve all but a pitiful handful of these murder cases and to enforce existing laws intended to protect and promote human rights has bred a culture of impunity that has emboldened those who would curtail free expression and tehrefore the government should vow to bring justice and ensure good governance by taking measures to facilitate the expeditious disposal of unsolved cases of extrajudicial killings;

Acccording to Senator Kiko Pangilinan who issued a statement upon filing of the resolution, “It’s been two years since the gruesome event and still our countrymen cry out for justice for the victims of the Maguindanao massacre. It was the worst single instance of electoral violence in our country’s history and the deadliest affront against freedom of the press. It gave us international notoriety as one of the most dangerous places for journalists. We must never forget that day when the culture of impunity showed us its worst manifestation.“

 

Read full article at http://propinoy.net/2011/11/23/senate-declares-november-23-as-national-day-to-end-impunity/

 

*Cocoy is an Internet entrepreneur, technologyenthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter. He publishesThe Multiverse, a weblog that covers pop culture, as well as Lab Rats that talks about Apple, Social Media and Technology. Cocoy is also theManaging Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project. He regularly contributes political commentary at BlogWatch.ph, and writes about the technology sector for the Philippine Online Chronicles.

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