May 19, 2022

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Candle-lighting for justice in Naga City, Camarines Sur, for victims of Ampatuan Massacre

A backhoe pulls the wreckage of one of three vehicles which was dumped together with massacre victims along a hillside grave in Ampatuan, Maguindanao province, southern Philippines on Wednesday Nov. 25, 2009. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo placed two southern provinces under a state of emergency, giving security forces free hand to pursue gunmen who killed at least 52 people in one of the country's worst election massacres. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Campus journalists and students in Camarines Sur will light candles in memory for the victims of the infamous Ampatuan massacre in Mindanao.

The program and candle lighting shall be held late afternoon of Tuesday, November 23, at Plaza Quince Martires, Naga City.

To heed the call for justice, the College Editors Guild of the Philippines -Camarines Sur, along with other organizations, member publications will be holding a candle-lighting protest entitled “Katanudan: A Remembrance and Call to Justice” to commemorate the
12th anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre.

Campus journalists from CEGP-Bicol, CEGP-Camarines Sur, and other campus publications and media organizations are to impart solidarity messages as a call for justice on press freedom and human rights violations.

Organizers of this event are Abby Bilan, CEGP-Bicol; Berlineth Nymia Montes, CEGP-Camarines Sur; Angel Turiano, ADNU ThePILLARS Publication; Neil Formalejo, UNC The Democrat; and other campus publications in Camarines Sur, and guest performers in Naga City.

At the end of the event, there will be a short prayer for the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre, state repression, and media violence.

This event will highlight the efforts of campus journalists and media practitioners in holding power to account, and reminding the people to continue the fight for a free, transparent, and progressive press.