‘The system’ hinders Ampatuan massacre case

By CARLOS H. CONDE
The New York Times
Published: Nov. 11, 2010

MANILA — Nearly a year after 57 people, including dozens of journalists and media workers, were massacred in the southern Philippines,  prosecution of the  case has been   jeopardized by a  ‘‘faltering judicial system,’’ with forensic evidence mishandled, the trial  unreasonably   delayed and  witnesses offered bribes and subjected to violence, the  Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

A report from the New York-based organization said  President Benigno S. Aquino III ‘‘must follow through on commitments to ensure justice’’ in the killings that took place on Nov. 23, 2009, in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao Province.

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