Massacre victims’ kin losing faith in justice system

Posted at 11/21/12 3:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The families of the Maguindanao massacre victims, on Wednesday, scored Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes and the Supreme Court for the slow pace of justice.

Represented by the public interest law group, Center Law, they said they are losing faith in the Aquino administration's pledge of attaining justice for the 58 victims.

The country will commemorate on November 23 the third year since the gruesome murder happened.

They also expressed disappointed at the failure of Solis-Reyes' court to arraign former ARMM Governor Zaldy Ampatuan despite a decision by the SC junking his petition to be removed as an accused in the case.

Center Law and the Mediadefense Southeast Asia called for the formation of a special court to handle various defense petitions swamping the court of Solis-Reyes, which they identified as one of the causes of the protracted trial.