Deadly delay

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Sunday, August 10, 2014

THE sensational Maguindanao case, running its fifth year in November this year, with no resolution in sight with allegations of bribery and payoffs, will suffer another snag with the withdrawal of the defense counsels and the uncharacteristic squabbling of the prosecutors assigned to handle the case.

This is a classic case of justice delayed, justice denied. Witnesses against the principal accused, the powerful and moneyed Ampatuan clan, vanish one by one, either they are silenced by bullets or money or simply disappear or become disinterested in pursuing the case.

The members of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption are visibly agitated at what is happening. Fall guys will take it for the accused-the ever arrogant Ampatuan son who sneers at the cameras as if taunting the prosecutors.


The families of the victims, including several members of media, have long been crying out for justice and from all indications it will not come to them, what with the allegations of bribery and payoffs of the prosecutors by the wealthy accused. Everyone has its price and it is so true in this case.

I understand the National Bureau of Investigation was called upon to probe the allegations of bribery and payoffs to counsels and prosecutors.

With the entry of the NBI into the fray, would the issue be settled or would it delay further the resolution of the case and muddle the issue?

So for the families of the victims of the infamous Maguindanao massacre of 2009, perish the thought of seeing the light at the tunnel. In Philippine justice, it never comes. Oftentimes, the case is resolved long after the litigants are gone.


Every department of the Mabalacat City Government was represented in that important event last week in Subic. It touched on the crafting of Office Performance Commitment Review and Department Performance Commitment Review in accordance with the city's Strategic Performance Management System preparatory to the reorganization scheme. The city's top officials were in attendance. The lecture was provided by Civil Service Commission Director II Dulce J. Cochon.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 11, 2014.


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