This blogger from Mindanao thought about this today after I received a press release from the Office of Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan. Reportedly, Sen. Pangilinan has filed today Resolution No. 186, expressing the sense of the Senate that the Maguindanao massacre trial should be made public through radio and television coverage of the court proceedings.
“It would be in the best interest of our judiciary to have transparency in the judicial process, especially in such an unprecedented case of brutality that captured the attention of the international media. The Constitution recognizes the right of the people to public information on matter of public concern,” it said.
Pangilinan also said that having the proceedings twice a week is the right step. He said that twice-a-week proceedings, all broadcasted live, would facilitate the speedy dispensation of justice because the court knows that the whole world will be watching.
What makes this entire thing really sad is the fact that justice seems to be so elusive for the bereaved families of the victims especially the journalists who were killed in the Maguindanao massacre. Remember them?
What are your thoughts about this?