Rodrigo “Rigo” Duterte II called on concerned government agencies to uphold the safety of journalists in time for the commemoration of the 13th year anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre.
“Karong adlawa atong gihinumdum ang bloody incident na nahitabo sa mga journalists sa Pilipinas. Unta nahimo kining lesson sa atoa nga hatagan ug importansya ang seguridad sa atong mga journalists para maiwasan na mahitabo ug balik tong nahitabo atong Nov. 23, 2009,” he said.
In 2009, 58 people including 34 journalists and Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu’s relatives, aides, lawyers, and supporters who were on the way to file his certificate of candidacy for governor, were killed in Ampatuan, Maguindanao.
The incident was considered the worst election related violence in the country’s history.
In December 2019, a Quezon City court handed down a guilty verdict on 28 people including masterminds Datu Andal Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan for 57 counts of murder .