On November 23, 2009, a convoy of journalists and members of the Mangudadatu clan were on their way to file the certificate of candidacy of aspiring Maguindanao governor Toto Mangudadatu. But they never made it to their destination. Their bodies were found riddled with bullets; many of them buried in mass graves. 58 people were killed in this massacre—the deadliest attack on Filipino journalists and the worst case of electoral violence in the country—all because the ruthless Ampatuan clan wanted to hold on to their power.
In the final episode of Super Evil: A Beautiful Place To Die, we talk about the impact of the Maguindanao massacre and why the ripples of terror, trauma, and grief continue to be felt over a decade after the crime.
On the day of the Maguindanao massacre, like so many other journalists, Reynaldo Momay joined the Mangudadatu convoy. But unlike the others, his body was never found.
At the crime scene, forensic pathologist Dr. Raquel Fortun tries to piece together what happened. And in court, witnesses recall the horrific events of the massacre, while the accused continue to profess their innocence.
As people demand justice for the victims of the Maguindanao massacre, the link between President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the Ampatuans is revealed. Meanwhile, a loyal Ampatuan kasambahay reveals how the family planned the brutal slayings.