In Maguindanao last November 23, a convoy of vehicles going to COMELEC to file for candidacy in the 2010 elections was waylaid and ambushed, resulting to the brutal death of at least 57 people, many of them journalists and innocent civilians.
The ambush is worsened by the inhuman and barbaric acts inflected upon the victims. Aside from suffering multiple gunshot and stab wounds, the women’s breasts were allegedly mutilated and their genitals riddled with bullet wounds.
This is an abhorrent violation of the dignity of the human person! The crime is beyond heinous! Such act will never be acceptable to human society and must be vehemently condemned by both the Christian and non-Christian citizens of the world!
The brutal killings done in the context of electoral politics endanger our democracy and its institutions! The perceived lack of passion for justice among several national government officials is extremely alarming, also raising the spectre of either complacency or connivance.
WE CALL ON ALL PEOPLE TO CONDEMN THE MASSACRE AND ITS PERPETRATORS!
WE CALL ON THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP TO SHOW DECISIVENESS IN THE APPREHENSION AND PROSECUTION OF THE ALLEGED PERPETRATORS, EVEN IF THEY ARE LONG-TIME ALLIES OF THE INCUMBENT ADMINISTRATION!
WE CALL FOR THE SETTING UP OF PEACE CONSTITUTENCIES THAT WILL GUARD AGAINST ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE, ESPECIALLY IN THE UPCOMING 2010 ELECTIONS!
AFFIRM THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON: UPHOLD HUMAN RIGHTS!
CITIZENS ACT NOW: STRUGGLE FOR PEACE! FIGHT FOR JUSTICE!
INSTITUTE OF POLITICS
ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY