Senate declares November 23 as National Day to End Impunity

The Philippine Senate passed resolution 642 declaring every 23rd of November as a National Day to End Impunity.  November 23 is the anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre that saw 58 people being killed.   The text is as follows:

“RESOLUTION DECLARING NOVEMBER 23 OF EVERY YEAR TO BE A

NATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY

WHEREAS, it has been two years since the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre where 58 lives, including that of 32 media workers, were lost in what was the worst single instance of electoral violence in the country’s recent history and the deadliest single attack on the press ever;

WHEREAS, the Ampatuan massacre, the worst manifestation of the plague of extrajudicial killings, has claimed the lives of hundreds of people – media workers, judges, lawyers, religious activists – whose only involvement was to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to free expression;

WHEREAS, the International Freedom of Expression Network has declared November 23 of every year as the International Day to End Impunity;

WHEREAS, the failure to solve all but a pitiful handful of these murder cases and to enforce existing laws intended to protect and promote human rights has bred a culture of impunity that has emboldened those who would curtail free expression;

WHEREAS, those who defend human rights and issue calls for justice and accountability all too often find themselves targets of extrajudicial killings and other attacks as well;

WHEREAS, the government should vow to bring justice and ensure good governance by taking measures to facilitate the expeditious disposal of unsolved cases of extrajudicial killings;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the Senate of the Philippines expresses its firm support for the declaration of November 23 of every yeas as a National Day to End Impunity. “

Senator Kiko Pangilinan issued a statement upon filing of the resolution, “It’s been two years since the gruesome event and still our countrymen cry out for justice for the victims of the Maguindanao massacre. It was the worst single instance of electoral violence in our country’s history and the deadliest affront against freedom of the press. It gave us international notoriety as one of the most dangerous places for journalists. We must never forget that day when the culture of impunity showed us its worst manifestation.” 

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

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