This is an excerpt from Peace Warriors: On the Trail with Filipino Soldiers, an exhaustive, sensitive look at everyday life inside the Philippines’ military camps, a portrait of soldiers and officers engaged in the country’s endless insurrections. Criselda Yabes, a longtime Asia Sentinel contributor and a prize-winning journalist, spent months in 2011 embedded with the troops. In her book, she delivered these thoughts on the Maguindanao Massacre shortly after she visited the site of the slaughter. Nine years later, justice – although not enough – has come to Maguindanao.

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