Reaction to court’s verdict in Maguindanao Massacre

Canada welcomes the resolution of the murder trial against the perpetrators of the Maguindanao Massacre, which resulted in the deaths of 58 individuals in November 2009.

Among the victims were dozens of journalists and individuals exercising their right to participate in the electoral process, resulting in a direct attack on values held dear by both Filipinos and Canadians. Human rights, press freedom and free and fair elections are foundations of an inclusive democratic society, and they must be defended.

The convictions of those primarily responsible for this dreadful incident is an important moment in the fight against impunity and political violence. We must constantly build upon successes, such as the one in this case, and continue to uphold justice, accountability and advance the rule of law.

The Embassy extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims who were brutally and senselessly killed during this incident, and hopes that this verdict provides them some form of solace.

December 20, 2020

For more information, please contact:
Carlo Figueroa
Public Affairs Officer
Embassy of Canada
Level 7 Tower 2 RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Tel: (02) 8579026
Fax: (02) 8431078