ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE
The following statement is attributable to the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, Rod Smith.
One year after 23 November 2009, Australians join with our Filipino friends in recalling with horror the brutal murder of innocent civilians and journalists in the Maguindanao massacre. We again extend our sympathies to the victims’ families as they mourn their loss and seek justice.
The scale and brutality of the Maguindanao massacre sparked outrage in the Philippines and across the world. It brought renewed attention to the human rights, security and governance challenges facing the Philippines.
Australia welcomes the efforts of the Aquino Administration to bring the perpetrators to justice. The credible and expeditious conduct of the trial will be critical in demonstrating the Philippines’ commitment to protecting human rights and upholding the rule of law.