Ampatuan ruled as governor of Maguindanao for a decade with his own private militia which was tolerated by the Philippine government since he used it to suppress Muslim separatists who are active in the province.
While Arroyo's successor President Benigno Aquino III has promised year after year to deliver justice, no one has been convicted well over five years after the slaughter. Aquino's term ends next year.
Prosecutor Harry Roque, who represents families of several victims complained: "We decry the fact that the delay in the system has resulted in this - that both accused and the victims were deprived of a judicial declaration of whether or not he is guilty,It should never happen again that something as gruesome as this takes as long as it has taken [to resolve]." As more than five years have passed with no convictions there may never be justice for families of the victims. The Ampatuan clan is still powerful in the area.
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Ken is a retired philosophy professor living in the boondocks of Manitoba, Canada, with his Filipina wife. He enjoys reading the news and writing articles. Politically Ken is on the far left of the political spectrum on many issues.