The Ampatuan Massacre reflects the festering culture of impunity which has only gotten worse over the years.
Media-related killings didn’t end even after the downfall of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986. In the past three years, under the Rodrigo Duterte government, 13 journalists have been killed, with most of them reporting about local corruption in the provinces.
The need to speak out against impunity has been highlighted in several videos about the massacre.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) says that the campaign needs help to grow public support:
“While the gruesome incident will never be forgotten, it is a sad fact that attention has also waned over the years.”