(Eagle News)–The Palace has vowed to give justice to the victims of the Maguindanao massacre the period since the crime was committed entered its tenth year.
“We join our people in commemorating this tragic day in our history..,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
According to Panelo, the “Duterte administration remains resolute in giving justice to the victims and their families, as well as the maintenance of the protection of all media practitioners.”
“We hope that justice will finally come,” he said.
The judge in charge of the case is expected to render her verdict on Dec. 20, after she asked for an extension of the deadline from the Supreme Court.
Judge Jocelyn Solis of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court had cited the voluminous records of the case in asking for the extension.
At least 58 people, mostly journalists, were killed in 2009 in what has been dubbed as one of the worst crimes against media practitioners in the country.
Members of the Ampatuan clan, a rival of the Mangudadatu clan, many of whose members were killed in the incident.