Prayers amid dismay for justice for victims of Ampatuan massacre

Five years ago, a crime so heinous was perpetrated by persons in authority, in a remote village in Maguindanao in Southwestern Mindanao. Fifty-eight persons lay dead after Andal Ampatuan, Jr., mayor of Datu Unsay town and his men were through with their shooting spree. He then asked for a backhoe in the office of his […]

November 23, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Human Rights, Justice, Maguindanao massacre, Malaya, Media  5 Comments

11 facts that render allegations of bribery vs Harry Roque ridiculous

The murderous Ampatuans must be enjoying the spectacle of the prosecutors in the Maguindanao massacre destroying each other. Atty. Nena Santos, representing 25 of the of the 58 who were killed in a massacre in a secluded hill in Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009, has alleged that government and fellow private prosecutor Harry Roque, of […]

August 11, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Justice, Maguindanao massacre, Media  7 Comments

Thoughts of a lawyer’s wife on the latest Ampatuan massacre controversy

By Mylah Reyes Roque Today, I write about the man I am married to but who I barely talk about or refer to in the social media – not that I actively engage in it in the first place. My friends know of course that my husband is the lawyer and law professor Harry Roque, […]

August 8, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Peace and Order  7 Comments

What happened to the truckloads of money from Ampatuans’ houses in 2009?

The aborted P50 million each settlement with the relatives of 14 (of the 58) victims of the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre with a certain Jun Chan raised the question,“”Where was that huge sum of money supposed to come from?” There is no chance to ask Chan the identity of his principal because Mylah Reyes-Roque, in […]

June 27, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Maguindanao massacre, Malaya  133 Comments

Mindboggling, troubling offers for Maguindanao massacre victims

There are a number of disturbing things in the aborted settlement between the Ampatuans and the relatives of the 14 victims of the Nov 23, 2009 massacre that was considered the deadliest day for journalists (32 of the 58 victims were members of media. It was aborted because the negotiator, identified in the article of […]

June 25, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Maguindanao massacre, Malaya  471 Comments

Ampatuan victims open to negotiated settlement due to delay in trial

By Mylah Reyes-Roque, VERA Files Tired of the slow pace of justice, relatives of 14 of the 58 fatalities in November 2009 Ampatuan massacre had signed an agreement with an “emissary” of the accused to negotiate the settlement of the murder case for P50 million. But no settlement has been reached to date: The “emissary,” […]

June 24, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Maguindanao massacre, Media  339 Comments

Reynaldo Momay, Vice Vulgar

“It took our family 32 months of waiting before the court has officially recognized my father as the 58th victim of the gruesome killing and 42 months before the arraignment of suspects took place,” wrote Ma Reynafe Momay Castillo in her Facebook page. It’s a bit strange to feel thankful to get confirmation that your […]

May 30, 2013  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Entertainment, Maguindanao massacre  290 Comments

Maguindanao massacre on our mind

The 2009 Maguindanao massacre and the sad fact that justice continues to elude the victims were foremost in the minds of the delegates to the 9th Spectrum Fellowship National Campus Journalism conference held at Mambukal resort in Negros Occidental. The Spectrum is the official student media corps of the University of St La Salle. There […]

November 25, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Media  4 Comments

Three years after, justice remains elusive to Maguindanao massacre victims

Talk of perfect timing. Eleven days before the third anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre that killed 58 people, 32 of them members of media, the Supreme Court granted the petition of the primary accused – former mayor Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan, Jr to ban live broadcast of the trial. It’s another step backward for transparency,an attribute […]

November 13, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: Maguindanao massacre  One Comment

Tingting Cojuangco lobbying for some policemen in Maguindanao massacre?

Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, who is running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance ticket, is lobbying for the dropping of a number of policemen from the list of the accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre where 58 persons were killed, a source closely working in the case, said. Thirty-two of those killed were media workers. […]

October 7, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2013 elections, Maguindanao massacre, Philippine National Police  36 Comments