Filipino-Canadians recall Ampatuan massacre

Posted at 11/23/2011 10:30 PM | Updated as of 11/23/2011 10:30 PM

TORONTO, Canada - It has been 2 years since the brutal massacre of 58 people, 32 of them journalists, in what is referred to as the Ampatuan massacre.

International media has condemned the atrocity and called it the single deadliest event for journalists in history.

For others who live in Mindanao, November 23 is a day they would rather forget.

"I was so sad. The perpetrators were Muslims. Because I know that that news will not just affect us as the Mindanaoans but also because Muslims will be put in a negative light," said journalist Riza Khamal.

"In commemoration of the second anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre, Canada stands with the Filipino people in the call for the rule of law to prevail and for those responsible to be brought to justice," said Christopher Thornley, Ambassador of Canada to the Philippines.

The National Union of Journalist of the Philippines (NUJP) - Canada chapter is spearheading a petition condemning the Maguindanao massacre and demanding justice for the victims and families.

NUJP believes that it is imperative that the Philippine government act now and protect the press.

"Here in Canada, it is not acceptable. You should not allow goons and armed men to threaten journalists," said Edwin Mercurio, president of NUJP-Canada. "If journalists are threatened, who will expose human rights violations? If you kill a journalist, who will report the news for the people?"

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