By Odette Keeley, Dec 5, 2009 10:04 AM
Editor's note: As Martial Law took effect on Dec. 5 in Maguindanao province in Mindanao, site of a gruesome political massacre where 58 Filipinos, including 27 civilians and 31 media professionals were brutally murdered, some Filipino-American activist groups in the United States and other groups in the Philippines are asking the Philippines’ Supreme Court to revoke President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s presidential order.
A San Francisco-based media group, the Philippine American Press Club USA held a memorial mass on Dec. 2 at St. Patrick Church in San Francisco to honor the lives of the 31 media martyrs and seek justice for their senseless killings. Below is the speech delivered by New America Media’s Chief of Staff & News Anchor/Producer Odette Keeley during the program.
On behalf of our executive director, Sandy Close and all our staff at New America Media, we stand in solidarity with all of you in condemning the brazen murders of these thirty-one media professionals in Maguindanao province in southern Philippines. We also seek justice for the 27 women, lawyers and innocent civilians who put their lives on the line, not knowing that the pursuit of a simple electoral procedure would mean their brutal deaths.