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Vol. VI, No. 14      May 14-20, 2006      Quezon City, Philippines

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HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Missing: No. 23 in the DoJ Rebellion List

Philip Limjoco is included in a list of 51 individuals being charged by the Department of Justice (DoJ) with rebellion.  His name is No. 23 in the list.  He disappeared on May 8 and remains missing to this day. Limjoco�s disappearance came more than two months after the declaration of Presidential Proclamation No. 1017 on Feb. 24 putting the country under a state of national emergency.

BY BULATLAT

Philip Limjoco is included in a list of 51 individuals being charged by the Department of Justice (DoJ) with rebellion.  His name is No. 23 in the list. He disappeared on May 8 and remains missing to this day.

Limjoco�s disappearance came more than two months after the declaration of Presidential Proclamation No. 1017 on Feb. 24 putting the country under a state of national emergency.

Beleaguered President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared PP 1017 after top military officials announced on the same day that they thwarted a plot to topple the administration. The foiled coup, military officials later said, was a handiwork of rightist and leftist rebels.

Three days after, on Feb. 27, the DOJ came out with a list of 51 individuals charged with rebellion. The list included six party-list representatives, six personalities of legal organizations, and alleged leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Limjoco with grandchild

PHOTO COURTESY OF KARAPATAN

Limjoco�s son, Glenn, reported his father�s disappearance to the human rights group Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples� Rights). In an interview with Bulatlat, Glenn said their family started to get worried about Limjoco after he failed to show up at their meeting place in the afternoon of May 8.

Glenn said their family suspects that the military is behind his father�s disappearance. He also said that since last year, their family noticed that they were being cased by intelligence agents. They have also been receiving threats. Due to this, they filed a harassment case against the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) last year.

�If the military has a case against my father, they have to present him in court and give him due process,� Glenn said.

Karapatan lists Limjoco�s case as the 16th enforced disappearance since January this year.

Bulatlat

 

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