Reopen Luisita massacre case, Ombudsman urged

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Relatives of the victims of the Hacienda Luisita massacre on Monday asked the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) to reopen the case.

In an omnibus motion for reconsideration, lawyers of several people’s organizations questioned the OMB’s resolutions dismissing the administrative and criminal charges filed against the alleged perpetrators of the massacre.

The first resolution of the OMB dismissed charges against then-Labor Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas, Undersecretary Manuel Imson, Sherriff Francis Reyes and members of the Cojuangco-Aquino family six months after the original complaint was filed in 2005.

A second resolution junked the charges against police and military respondents.


In a statement, complainants claimed that the charges were dismissed “based solely on reports submitted by the National Bureau of Investigation and without any other effort on the part of the Ombudsman to conduct a more thorough investigation.”

The motion for reconsideration was filed a few months before the 10th anniversary of the “bloody” dispersal that killed at least seven sugar workers in the estate owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino 3rd. Reina Tolentino

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