MANILA, Philippines – Last Sunday the relatives of victims of the Maguindanao massacre were joined by media groups, activists and religious leaders in launching activities for commemorating the second month anniversary of the gruesome killings.
In Maguindanao province, it was almost noon when an almost 40-vehicle convoy reached Sitio Masalay in Barangay Salman in Ampatuan town – the site of the heinous murder which killed at least 57 people, including at least 30 journalists.
The convoy was composed of groups from Davao City, General Santos City, Kidapawan City and Cotabato City.
The group, which included relatives and friends of the massacre victims as well as members of the National Interfaith Mission for Peace and Justice in Mindanao and journalists, marched the 2-kilometer road to the site where the bodies of the victims were found.
Prayers, led by religious leaders, were immediately offered for the massacre victims.
Relatives of the victims were also given an opportunity to talk about their departed loved ones.
They also offered flowers and lit candles for the souls of their slain relatives.
The families of the victims also released white balloons, symbolizing their hope to be free from the pain of the loss of their departed relatives.