President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the government prosecutors to get at least partial judgment against the accused in the Maguindanao massacre within the year, Malacanang said Tuesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque gave the update on the issue during his press briefing in Cotabato City.
“The President has instructed the prosecution panel to do its best to get partial judgment against some of the accused within the year. That is the marching order of the President when he conferred with the prosecution panel. And we hope to do that,” said Roque, who used to help the families of the victims of the gruesome killings to get justice.
Fifty-eight people, mostly journalists, were killed on Nov. 23, 2009. The Maguindanao massacre was considered as the worst election-related violence in the country and was allegedly perpetrated by the influential Ampatuan clan to thwart the candidacy of Esmael Mangudadatu in the 2010 elections.