Holding Arroyo responsible for the Ampatuans
Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010
By ELLEN TORDESILLAS
THE dismissal by a Quezon City judge of the rebellion case against Maguindanao Gov. Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr., his son, ARMM governor Zaldy Ampatuan and 22 others should strengthen the case filed by relatives of journalists who were among those killed in the November 23 massacre before the Asean Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission (AICHR).
The journalists’ relatives are holding the Arroyo government responsible for the Nov. 23 carnage. In their suit filed last February, the relatives said “clearly, all of those responsible for the carnage are agents of the Philippine State. Their acts in connection with the 23 November 2009 Maguindanao massacre are attributable under international law to the Republic of the Philippines.”
This week, three of the petitioners, Glen Salaysay, son of Cotabato City journalist Napoleon Salaysay, Noemi Parcon, wife of Koronadal City journalist Joel Parcon, and Feulen Sumagang, cousin of UNTV reporter Julito Evardo, were in Jakarta, where the AICHR is based, to follow up on their suit accompanied by their lawyer, Harry Roque of CenterLaw Philippines.
Click ELLEN TORDESILLAS.