The Supreme Court unanimously voted to partially granted the request for live broadcast by television and radio of the trial court proceedings of the Maguindanao massacre case.
“It is about time to craft a win-win situation that shall not compromise rights in the criminal administration of justice, sacrifice press freedom and allied rights, and interfere with the integrity, dignity and solemnity of judiciary proceedings,” the Court said in its 15-page resolution.
However, the Supreme Court wants a strict implementation of the guidelines for the live media coverage.
It is not known yet when the live coverage will be allowed to start. A series of consultations with stakeholders will be done first.
SC spokesman and Court Administrator Midas Marquez said there was still a need to balance the Constitutional rights of the accused, particularly the clan of Ampatuan, as well as the rights of the public to information.
Did the Supreme Court really wants to have a live coverage of the Maguindanao massacre case trial? I don’t think the guidelines imposed by the High Tribunal are fair!