The Armed Forces of the Philippines vowed to improve security measures to prevent a repeat of the bloody Maguindanao massacre, in southern Philippines, which happened exactly a year ago today.
“All efforts from the AFP are made to avoid the same circumstance from happening in the future. We are further strengthening and enhancing our coordination to support the PNP (Philippine National Police) in maintaining peace and order in sensitive areas such as Maguindanao,” said AFP spokesman Brigadier general Jose Mabanta Jr. in a statement.
Mabanta also expressed the military’s sympathies to the families of the 58 victims of what is believed to be the worst politically motivated murder in the country.
“The AFP extends its heartfelt sympathies in remembering the victims of the Maguindanao massacre and the families they left behind,” Mabanta said.
“We pray for a swift, fair justice to the victims. We hope that all efforts will be done and the perpetrators will be brought to justice,” the military spokesman added.
The 58 victims included 32 were media workers, and relatives and supporters of Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu. The scions of the powerful Ampatuan clan, together with almost 200 of their private army, have been tagged in the massacre but all suspects have denied the charges.