By BENJIE OLIVEROS
MANILA — The Maguindanao massacre is the worst attack on the media and press freedom; it is the most gruesome face of impunity in the country; it is the scourge of political dynasties and warlordism that rule over the countryside, which, in turn, begets corruption and the politics of guns, goons and gold.
The Committee to Protect Journalists called it as the single deadliest event for journalists in history. The sheer number of journalists killed, 34 of the 58 victims, had earned it this infamy. Add to the number of victims the brazenness of the crime – which was done in broad daylight, on a highway, and the fact that the digging of the grave for the victims was done two days before and that the perpetrators did not even exert any effort to conceal their identities – makes the Maguindanao massacre the most gruesome display of impunity in killings in the country’s history.
What gave the Ampatuan clan the temerity to commit such a blatant crime?