Solo project by Nikki Luna
1 March - 24 March 2013, Project Room
AMPATUAN, PHILIPPINES--Almost four year ago, 58 rode towards the capital to file a candidacy challenging the incumbent governor. 34 were journalists. The rest were women family members and supporters. They were flagged down by the governor’s private army along the way. Days after, their rotting flesh and their vehicle’s crumpled metalbodies were unearthed, both crushed together under the weight of a backhoe bucket. It was the single deadliest event for journalists in history. Today, 74 members of the clan that allegedly instigated the massacre have filed their certificates of candidacy.
Time has glossed over this impunity, celebrated by soirees and balls in the metropolis calling for justice, miles away from the massacre site. The public outrage could not holdup against time and lethargy, and like a speck of dirt caught inside a shell, this bucket has slowly been cried to oblivion, to superficial crystalline perfection. There has been no action. But the weight sits pretty.
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