Student protesters hold a slogan denouncing the killing of 58 people, including at least 32 media workers, during a rally in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines on Sunday Nov. 21, 2010. Almost a year has past since Andal Ampatuan Jr., the scion of a powerful clan, was said to have led his men in killing 58 people, including 32 media workers, in southern Maguindanao province.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Student protesters hold a slogan denouncing the killing of 58 people, including at least 32 media workers, during a rally in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines on Sunday Nov. 21, 2010. Almost a year has past since Andal Ampatuan Jr., the scion of a powerful clan, was said to have led his men in killing 58 people, including 32 media workers, in southern Maguindanao province.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre, Malacanang reassured relatives of the 58 victims the government continues to do its “best” to push the case forward.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the executive branch has been concentrating its efforts to pursue the case against those linked to the murders.

“We can assure you our efforts have been concentrated on pushing the case forward,” she said on government-run dzRB radio.

But she also maintained the executive branch is not the only one in government that is pushing the case against the suspects.

She also cited “complicated facets” to the case, including the matter of witnesses surfacing but have not been admitted to the government’s witness protection program.

“We assure you the government is doing its best to push the interests of the state in this case,” she said.

On Sunday, the nation marks the fifth anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre where 58 people, 32 of them media workers, were brutally gunned down and buried.

The families of the victims, lamenting justice has yet to be served after five years, have written Pope Francis to help them find justice.

“Patuloy kaming nakikiramay… Sa inyo ang commitment ng pamahalaan ginagawa namin ang lahat para hindi ma-delay ang kaso,” Valte said. (MNS)