SC asks gov’t network for live coverage of Maguindanao massacre verdict

(Eagle News)–A live coverage of the Maguindanao massacre on Dec. 19 may be in the offing after the Supreme Court confirmed it had asked the government’s network  for the same.

In a letter dated Dec. 5, SC spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka asked Julieta Claveria-Lacza, PTV4 general manager and chief operating officer, for “technical support by providing cameras and the airtime” for the promulgation, which he said was “of the paramount public interest.”

He said the footage derived from this would be pooled to other networks.

“…Kindly wait for the appropriate guidelines for the media. Everything is still up in the air right now until and after the en banc tomorrow,” Hosaka said in a separate message to reporters.

The promulgation will take place more than ten years after the crime, which claimed the lives of over 50 people, including 38 journalists, in 2009.

This was after Quezon City court judge Jocelyn Solis asked the SC for a 30-day extension within which to make her decision, citing the voluminous records in the case.

Charged for the crime were prominent members of the Ampatuan clan, rival  of the Mangudadatu family, many of whose members were killed in the incident. With a report from Moira Encina