Prelate backs calls for live coverage of Maguindanao massacre ruling

Prelate backs calls for live coverage of Maguindanao massacre ruling

Members of the media commemorate the 10th anniversary of Maguindanao Massacre in Manila on Nov. 23, 2019. JIRE CARREON/PHOTOJOURNALISTS’ CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES

By CBCP News

December 5, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic archbishop has echoed the appeal of media agencies for live coverage of the promulgation of the infamous Maguindanao massacre case.

Archbishop Martin Jomuad of Ozamiz said the media should be allowed to witness the release of the landmark court verdict set on Dec. 19.

“We want to hear what the court would say,” Jumoad said. “That would be very much welcomed by the public.”

Several media organizations have asked the Supreme Court to allow an open and live coverage of the decision on the country’s worst case of election-related violence.

The 2009 massacre left 58 people dead, including 32 journalists. It was touted as the single deadliest event for journalists in history.

The release of the ruling against those charged will be held at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, where some suspects are detained.

The archbishop is also hoping for a “favorable” decision for the victims and their families.

“It must be favorable to the victims otherwise the public will condemn our justice system,” Jumoad added.

“The court must not give so much weight on technicalities but on evidence,” he also said.