Solons hail SC move to allow live media coverage of Maguindanao case decision

By Ben Rosario

Members of the House of Representatives lauded the Supreme Court (SC) Tuesday for granting media’s appeal for them to allow the live coverage of the promulgation of the decision on the decade-old Maguindanao massacre case.

House of Representatives (Congres PH / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) House of Representatives (Congres PH / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero (1Pacman party-list) and Representative Nina Taduran (ACT-CIS party-list) said the High Court made the right decision to allow the public to follow on national media coverage the events that will unfold at the Dec. 19 event.

“We see this decision by Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta and the SC magistrates as an assurance that justice will be served. We truly appreciate their decision to let the public watch the resolution of a case awaited for years,” Romero said.

Romero also lauded Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court for her “rare display of courage and for her determined bid” to resolve the celebrated case.

“We have been waiting for this for ten years - for justice to be served,” Taduran said in a statement.

Taduran, who is also the House assistant majority floorleader, believes that the verdict is vital not only because it will bring justice to the victims, but also because it will change the often violent political and electoral situation in the country.

The verdict on the Maguindanao massacre case will be released on Dec. 19 at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig, with the government-owned station PTV 4 as the main carrying media outlet.