November 18, 2010
MANILA, Nov. 17 – Senator Francis Pangilinan filed on Wednesday Resolution 186, seeking the live coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial.
“It would be in the best interest of our judiciary to have transparency in the judicial process, especially in such an unprecedented case of brutality that captured the attention of the international media. The Constitution recognizes the right of the people to public information on matter of public concern,” Pangilinan said.
Pangilinan said a move to make twice a week proceedings “is the right step” to speed up the granting of justice to the 57 victims including members of the media.
“If we have it twice a week, and if we make that transparent by broadcasting the trial live, then that would facilitate the speedy dispensation of justice because the court knows that the whole world will be watching,” he said.
Pangilinan, a lawyer, said the courts should be careful not to play into the delaying tactics of the defense.
“Prosecutors have been complaining of delaying tactics from the Ampatuans’ lawyers,” the senator said.
The Ampatuans are the primary suspects in the brutal killing of the innocents civilians and mediamen in Maguindanao. (PNA)
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