President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s administration is no longer responsible for seeking justice for victims of the Mendiola Massacre, Malacañang said on Thursday.
Presidential Communications Secretary Hermnio Coloma Jr. noted that the Mendiola Massacre is a thing of the past that should no longer be revived.
Coloma told reporters in a news conference that the case will be up to the courts to decide.
Thirteen farmers were killed on January 22, 1987 after soldiers and policemen opened fire on peasants who tried to enter Malacañang to convey to then-President Corazon Aquino—the current leader’s mother—their concerns about land reform.
The Manila Regional Trial Court, however, dismissed the cases filed by families of the victims in 1988.
The Supreme Court upheld the ruling in 1993, citing state immunity from suit.
The massacre happened less than a year after the February 1986 EDSA revolt that toppled then-President Ferdinand Marcos.
The revolt is said to have been instrumental in restoring democracy in the Philippines after nearly 15 years of martial law, which Marcos declared in 1972.