News in Pictures: Quest for Justice Continues

The daughter of still missing massacre victim Reynaldo Momay of Midland Review is being consoled at the site of the Ampatuan Massacre in Brgy. Salman, Maguindanao, during the second month commemoration led by the National Interfaith Mission for Peace and Justice in Maguindanao.

The mission, attended by families of the victims, members of various media organizations, lawyers groups, human-rights advocates and partylists, offered flowers and lighted candles in honor of the 57 victims of the November 23 massacre. They also released white balloons as an expression of their desire for peace based on justice. A bamboo marker with the word “justice” was erected at the site.

Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan, together with the more than 300 participants of the mission, vowed to continue to seek justice for the victims and fight to end the climate of terror and culture of impunity that still reigns in Maguindanao and elsewhere in the country.

The National Interfaith Mission for Peace and Justice in Maguindanao also gave humanitarian assistance, through relief operations led by Reps. Ocampo and Ilagan, to almost 1,000 civilian evacuees in Maguindanao. (Photos by Raymund B. Villanueva / Kodao Productions /

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  1. The role of the US is not lost on this massacre. We must ask, who trained the Philippine military, who then trained the para-mailiaries? Who supplies the Philippine military with guns and weapons, who then supply the para-militaries? Who benefits from using the Philippines as its springboard of military power in the region? Who declared the Philippines the "Second front in the war on terror", used by the US congress to continue military aid and training to the AFP? It is not hard to connect the dots, and they lead right back to the source, the US government.

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