It has been almost a year since the world was rocked by news of a bloody massacre in the small town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao. The “Maguindanao Massacre,” the worst election-related crime incident in the Philippines, left 57 people dead, including 34 journalists.
An anonymous Boto Patroller sent to “Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo: Ako ang Simula” the first picture from the crime scene. The picture confirmed the incident and sparked a media frenzy that foiled an attempted cover-up by the perpetrators, who tried to bury all traces of the crime.
Unfortunately, to this day, no one has been convicted yet. While the involved personalities fight it out in court, ABS-CBN senior correspondent Jorge Cariño went back to Maguindanao to uncover the true story behind the massacre, as seen through four different points of view.
For the Mangudadatus, whose family members were part of the ambushed convoy, the problem stemmed from their political rivalry with the Ampatuans. The latter were said to be hungry for power and would not allow another clan to rule the province.
For the media, this is a case wherein the reporters of the news the news themselves. The Maguindanao Massacre is said to be the deadliest single attack against journalists in the world.
From the eyes of the Ampatuan family, however, their family is being accused for a crime they did not commit. The authorities, meanwhile, are not taking sides. Instead, they are focusing on the gathered evidence in order to find out the truth and deliver justice to the victims.
Look back at Maguindanao Massacre from four different vantage points in “Maguindanao Masaker: Pulitika. Media. Hustisya” with Jorge Cariño this Sunday (Nov 14) on ABS-CBN Sunday’s Best after “Star Power” on ABS-CBN.